Classic Narutaki akapin kamisori toishi that is perfect for hand held honing. A modest example of one of the
oldest mines, this kamisori toishi has some namazu patterns that run throughout the stone. The sides have
been lacquered as you can see and there is one missing corner but the stone is solid with no cracks. A very
even grained stone that is medium hard. It is lapped flat and the edges are beveled.
The original box is from the 1940s 50s when the stone was marketed, and is marked on the top:
upper right NARUTAKI, center KAMISORI DO (TO) Kamisori toishi stone, center left HINSHITSU-GOKYJO very
I have shaved off of this stone with perfect comfort, the stone is easy to use, not terribly hard and it is fast so
you do not have to spend more than just a few minutes on it, I do all my honing with a slurry. This stone was
mined in the 1920s or so from one of the oldest mines in the Yamashiro area. The color streaks are not found
in modern stones and these help to make this stone a pleasure to use.
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.
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