This set of go stones and go bowls was refurbished and ships from Colorado, USA.
All of the stones were cleaned according to our Care Instructions. The clamshells were soaked in h2o2 for a week, rinsed with distilled water, and buffed with paraffin wax. The black pieces were washed with a mild detergent, rinsed with distilled water, and buffed with mineral oil. You may buff them with a cloth when they arrive to remove excess oil or wax.
The bowls are a gorgeous golden brown. They shine brightly in the sunlight and you can see this effect in a video here. Given the coloration I think they are Tochi (horse chestnut) or possibly Kusunoki (camphor). They are sturdy and size L, 13.4cm wide and 7.6cm tall without lids. They are in good shape, having been polished with Monkey Wax and given two weeks to cure. You may buff them again with a clean cloth when they arrive. They are lightly used, so there will be some small scratches.
The 180 white stones are Japanese clams, with 16 replacements (two extra are included). They are Suwabute stones, with lines that are packed so thick that Snow does not quite do them justice. Rather, these slow-growing clams are no longer harvested due to depletion, and are graded differently than Mexican clamshell. They would be considered Flower or Blossom grade Suwabute stones, noted by presence of irregular orange coloration on the underside. They are size 22, 6.3-6.7mm thick. Purchased new, a set like this costs about $400 for the stones alone.
The 181 black stones are slightly larger, at 6.5-6.8mm - it is very common for the black stones to be thicker because if both colors are the same size then the bright white pieces will appear larger.
Please understand that this is a Vintage item. Individual stones may have incidental marks but pieces with significant chips were replaced.
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