Nakayama Kiita- Lv5 Perfect Razor hone ~ Private Reserve
Perfect golden color and ultra pure consistency. Like a slab of butter with perfect toasted edges- kawa skin on all 5 sides, this is a gem of a kiita perfectly sized and shaped pure and true by nature. It is not cut down to this size to remove less desirable parts- it is 100% it's original size as grown in the ground by nature and all of it- perfect.
To call it a slab of butter is fitting, as the honing feel, like all the best razor kiita is buttery. Feels so smooth and unique - like butter on a hot iron skillet and yet with pressure from the honing thumb on the ura of kamisori I find it is the iron which melts rather than the butter, thanks to the particle tenacity and very consistent and even cutting abilities of golden particles of the finest razor kiita. I love my razor kiita and iromono stones..... The most precious of treasures. It is true, as gollum is to that ring I am to my razor kiita. Cuts steel so remarkably well and consistent and can leave a polished bevel edge where individual silvertip hairs can be discerned as in the last picture. Exemplary shave quality from this fantastic kiita. So buttery smooth. Comfortable and close yet whisker devastating sharp- Nirvana.
Works beautifully with an Atoma #1200 slurry.
Length- 137 mm
Width- 67 mm
Thickness- 27 mm
Range for Razors:
Legend: " + " = yes |" - " = no | " / " = yes for kamisori, but only with nagura for western straights. | " DN " = With Diamond Nagura , " AN " = with asano nagura
Sharpening: ++, DN
Prefinishing: +++, DN
finishing: +++++, DN