Nakayama Kiita Namito 

Nakayama Namito 1

Nakayama Kiita Namito Awasedo

This one is hard, and a bit more thirsty than other stones that have the same hardness. It will take in some water at first and then level out. This isn’t a ridiculously hard stone, but it’s pretty hard and it puts a sterling edge on a razor.

The Kiita color is very pale when dry, the photo above shows it wet under flash and that makes the colors pop a bit  more – but that’s pretty close to how it looks in person when it’s sprayed down.

Also – there’s a good amount of Nashiji or ‘pear skin’ pattern that comes out when it’s wet. Some say that Nashiji is an indicator of enhanced speed – but the KWA says differently.

This is a mid-speed stone, edging towards being ‘fast’ - and the feedback is subdued and a bit silky. The size/shape/weight make it nice for hand-held honing as well as bench top use. The stone is lapped flat, the edges are chamfered, and the sides/bottom are sealed with two coats of Cashew lacquer.

Approx. Dimensions: 6.0 x 2.5 x 0.9” / 152 x 64 x 23 mm

Weight: 21 oz / 595 g


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