This section will continuously be updated with frequently asked questions
Tomo + Base
Q: If I use a 5+++ tomo on my level 5 fineness stone, will I get 5+++ results on my razor?
A: No, the base stone is the one deciding the maximum fineness. Having a much finer tomo will help you get the best of your base stone, but it won’t upgrade it to a higher level of fineness.
Shipping to Canada
Q: Do you ship to Canada?
A: Currently they accept only letters to Canada, but as soon as Japan Post will resume the shipping to Canada I will make a public announcement on the website. (Update:13th Nov.2022)
Q: What is Maruka and why is so expensive?
A: Maruka are the highest selection of finishers from Nakayama. They were selected and stamped by Kato-san, the owner of Nakayama mine, packed and sold by Hatanaka.
A quote from an old Hatahoshi leaflet says: “Their goodness is like the goodness of diamonds".
They are usually hard or very hard stones, always with strong cutting power and reaching the highest fineness levels. These are the most prized of the natural stones in Japan.
Ideal for professionals, collectors or anyone who understands and appreciates Jnats and wants to get excellent finishing results.
Having such superior characteristics and the fact that the mine was closed few decades ago makes the authentic Maruka very sought after and expensive.
The most expensive I’ve ever seen was a NOS Nakayama Maruka Kiita Yamazen 210x8x5cm sold in 2018 at an auction in Japan for 1.500.000¥.