Nakayama Maruka Nashiji Lv 5+ ~Private Resreve
I love this natural razor hone and it is VERY clean for a beautiful Nashi-Ji pattern with extremely fine goma that is evenly diffused. Neither are felt with the blade and this is one of the only stones with goma, where I appreciate the goma. The patterns are purely aesthetic and pleasing with this one, they don't adversely impact the honing/polishing surface. Straight kerf marks on all sides from Kato san's time or earlier if it was in inventory, where this stone was hand sawn from Nakayama mine within Honyama and again with a hand saw when it was slabbed.
I will not be freshly lapping this toishi before shipping to you because As I have it now it is perfectly polished and flat enough for my razors from years of use. I want you to enjoy the same surface without scuff marks from DN. This was only used with Nagura and Tomo Nagura. It leaves whisker melting polished edges, and isn't too slow on just water. An excellent toishi with really cool intersecting naturally filled in kesuji that are, as the rest of the pattern, completely non toxic and only there for aesthetics. They make a really cool rhombus.
I re did the edge of this Mk CV Heilstrand for these pictures, which was completely unnecessary and fully satisfying. A great Awasedo. The sides and base are protected in urushi and clear urushi was used to leave the maruka stamp and hand sawn sides both protected and visible. An heirloom quality finisher. (although I suppose any quality hone that can last more than one generation is heirloom quality. ..Except for my kiitas which I am taking with me when I go.)
Lots of pictures, all color calibrated and correct- as usual, to try and capture the shifts in color this Nakayama has when wet or dry from different angles and distances.
Length- 140.2 mm
Width- 86.7 mm
Thickness- 24 mm
Nakayama Maruka Nahiji with Dai - 980 g
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 or + ,AN
Prefinishing: ++, DN
finishing: +++++, DN
polishing: ++++, DN