Shoubu suita. This is a big time stone in a thin package, it has all the attributes of a super class stone, those
being fairly hard, fast and fine. This suita is from one of the shallower suita layers, it is a fast cutting stone
when used with a slurry but it can also be used with just clear water. I consider this stone to be a finishing
stone for small tools, or a top class medium stone for razor honing that could be followed up with a harder
tomae type stone. I have test shaved off of this stone and it was a close but not a luxurious shave. A very
graphic kawa skin on the back, this stone has lots of character.
Great care was taken by the miners in setting up this stone, there is no way to tell how thick it was originally,
but a choice piece of fairly hard suita is not something to pass up. There are no cracks or inclusions, long
enough to fit into a standard stone holderand for razors thick enough to last many years if a wooden base was
made for it.
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.
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