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Vintage Nakayama iro (color) kamisori toishi. This full size rectangular stone has
been lapped flat and has beveled edges and the back and sides are sealed. It is
very pure in texture and fine enough to shave off of and is a true finishing stone in
the hardness Lv4+ range so it is easy to use. Although fine this is a very fast cutting
stone and off a 5-6k stone this will within 30 strokes develop an edge will pass a
shave test and with some skill pass a HHT3 to 4.

If you have never tried one of these old mined color stones you have something to
look forward to, they are super fast and are a true luxury stone and they are rare
and getting nearly impossible to fine in Japan anymore. The solid alternate
mineral lines in this stone are typically found in Nakayama stones. This stone is
creamy smooth.

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 the total collection over a 2 year period. 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 #38
H
G
A
L
Hardness      
Scale
1 to 5+
Grit-Grain
Scale
1 to 5+
Abrasive
Speed
1 to 5+
Lightness &
Feel
1 to 5+

4+

5

5
 

Finish
Stone

HHT4
178 x
62 x
24 mm

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