Okudo Suita & Ban Nagura

Okudo Ban 1

Ban is a relatively unheard of Mikawa Shiro Nagura. I was very lucky to score this piece; it’s very clean and fairly fine in comparison to other examples I’ve seen. Most Ban I’ve seen is very aggressive and not that consistent; primarily – I think Ban was used for sharpening scythes and similar tools. This piece though – is quite different. 

Here – on the Okudo Suita, a good heavy Ban-slurry made short work getting the bevel on that wedge up to snuff. 

Do note the blue streaks showing on the side of the Ban – whenever I see blue marks on a Nagura, that stone turns out to be quite special.

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