A scarce and difficult to locate monolithic Nakayama gousa. This super dense and fine stone is the ultimate in
kamisori toishi for final finish and polishing providing the most comfortable yet very sharp edges. I have shaved
off this stone using both modern Henckels & vintage Sheffield steel and came away with barber type shaves.
The Nakayama mine was closed in the late 1960s and this stone was most likely pulled much earlier than
that, possibly in the 20s-30s. The sides have been sanded and although the back is slightly wedge shaped it
sits stable on a table top as it is.
The gousa charcoal to black is mottled with the cloud pattern found in Nakayama stones giving it an ethereal
All of my stones come fully lapped with beveled edges unless otherwise noted.
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.
|SPECIMEN NAKAYAMA KAMISORI TOISHI #462