Hardness   Grit/Finess   Speed/Strength   Price in U.S.
9                10                     9++                   SOLD      
When used with a paste created by a diamond plate  
9                10                    10+
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Reads on the stone top from the upper right down, JUN SHOSHIN HONYAMA (pure specially
chosen original mountain) which is a registered trade name,

And at the middle SAIKOKYUHIN (very best quality)

Marked faintly on the end of the stone is a partial stamp in a rectangle KA SHO HON YAMA *
(Maruka correct true original mountain).

This Nakayama Maruka awasedo toishi stone is NEW/OLD stock from a closed store in Japan.
It has not been used other than to test the quality at one edge of the stone as you can see in
the photos.

You may find other references to the Maruka Nakayama mines on the internet. This mine was
known throughout its history to produce the finest awasedo finishing stones in Japan and
probably in the world. The Maruka stamp on the end, the registered stamp on the top of this
stone and the single toothed fine saw marks help to date the stone to before WW2.

This is an actual Maruka Nakayama awasedo, it is not a fake. Stones of this color and varity
have not been mined from Nakayama for well over half a century and they never will be mined
again as these rare deposits are depleted. The mine was closed in the 1960s and I will not be
able to replace or offer these stones again.

This is a medium hard and it does not require advanced sharpening skills to use.
Nakayama #12