A Nakayama variegated dark gousa kamisori toishi, an excellent and pure razor hone from the most famous
eastern mine on the outskirts of Kyoto. This stone has been cut down and the smaller piece is included as a
tomonagura. The fine small light colored lines at the top end of the stone are solid and ancient and filled in
with a softer mineral and are not toxic.
I have shaved off of this stone going from a Suehiro 5k stone directly to this Nakayama and with a light slurry
from a diamond plate was able to progress to clear water in just a matter of a few minutes and end up with an
edge that gave a perfectly smooth and barber close shave with no irritation of any kind.
All of my stones come fully lapped with beveled edges unless otherwise noted.
This stone and the other kamisori toishi on my site are from a world class private collection of over 400 pieces
assembled in Japan over the past years in the area around Toyama by a collector of shaving implements. I
was lucky enough to purchase total collection over the last 2 years. Many of the hones were actually used by
barbers, some dating to the 1920s or earlier, while others were simply prepared by the miners as razor hones
as evidenced by the size and fine quality of the stones grit composition.
|SPECIMEN NAKAYAMA KAMISORI TOISHI #96