NARUTAKI GRAY TOMAE #537
From the Narutaki mine this is a medium to hard stone in the level 5 range,
I found this stone to be fast cutting with fine grit which easily provided me
with a shave ready edge that was both close and comfortable within a short
period of time on the stone.
The stone is predominately gray with a cloud or fog pattern and the center
is dominated by a misty faint kan or brownish tree ring design
All of my stones come fully lapped with beveled edges unless otherwise
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.