This Narutaki kiita kamisori toishi is marked with an ink stamp at the top front BETSU or Finest and at the lower
edge SHIAGE TO or Finish Stone along with a horse logo. The kiita or yellow board color just jumps out when
the stone is wet. This is truly a finishing stone and it is very fine and fairly hard and fast. I have shave tested
with it and got a perfectly smooth and close shave with no irritation of any kind. The narrowness of the stone
requires some skill in X-strokes but it is long enough to be held in a stone holder or attached to a base. The
stone has not been lapped to preserve the ink stamps, there are no cracks and it is very solid.
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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