A softer Ohira namito strata stone mined in the 1970s-80s it has a very even and fine grit complexion throughout
the stone. A perfect stone for knives or chisels or plane blades, it is fast cutting and does not need a slurry to
preform well. Ohira is one of the last Old Time mines that is still operating. Well known for their uchigumori and
suita, the Ohira also produced tomae stones like the one seen here.
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.
|OHIRA NAMITO Tomae #006