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Image Item Name Price (AU$) Stock L x W x H (mm)
Maruka Nakayama Kiita Razor


AU 1
L145 x W82 x H15 Nakayama,

Kiita (yellow board) is THE most highly regarded colour of Nayayama stone, next comes the Asagi (it literally means faint yelloe, but it means light blue). This shape is called razor stone, because it was used to sharpen Japanese straight edge razors before they were totally eradicated by modern replaceable blade razors.

(Maruka) Shou-hon-yama is the best grade stone from Nakayama sold by the sole miner of this mountain, Hatanaka Natural Sharpening Stones Stone Industry. Any (well basically, but there are many that are not so good, so we have to test all of them before selling) Nakayama stone that has this stamp (unless it's a fake) is guaranteed of its highest quality. Maruichi Maruka stones were quarried before the mining was taken over by Hatanaka family, when the owner of the mine was Kato family. Maruka's (= circled "Ka") "Ka" is Kato's first character "Ka".