Vintage Nakayama pale blue bold kiita tomae.
This is a wonderfully fast and fine stone with a double coloration including a pale blue and rich
yellow in the classic Nakayama cloudy or fog pattern. I have shaved off this stone and the stone cut
very fast and so fine, it was totally comfortable and close. I always use a slurry and the slurry from
this stone is gray but turns dark with swarf in no time at all.
A nice size for a hand held stone with a shape that fits comfortably in the palm. The longer straight
side is 130mm long and I found it sufficient for finish honing.
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.
|NAKAYAMA KAMISORI TOISHI #408