I finally have a dream set of No. 40 Snow Grade clamstone go set with Hon Kuwa (mulberry) bowls.
I was browsing at Kurokigoishi’s website in March and saw the special event which offered a pair of Hon Kuwa (mulberry) bowls for only JPY25000.
I thought that it sounded like a very attractive price for a pair of Mulberry bowls so I ordered a set. I had always wanted a pair of Mulberry bowls and here was my chance for a bargain. Well the bowls arrived but they weren’t perfect. There were some unattractive spots and one bowl looked like a small part had some wood putty filling. But nevertheless, they were still quite attractive for the price I paid. If I bought a perfect pair of mountain mulberry bowls which hold up to No. 40 stones from Kurokigoishi, it would probably cost JPY80,000 based on the prices shown on the page about their bowls.
So now I wanted to have a nice set of go stones to go along with my Mulberry bowls and I said, “Hey if the bowls could hold up to size 40, why not try for size 40.” And supposedly you need to buy snow grade to fit with the status of mulberry bowls.
So how much would a set from Kurokigoishi set me back? Looks like around JPY151,000 (OUCH!)
So I started looking around Japanese websites to look for a better bargain and ended up with this set. Let’s say that after paying all the various costs associated with obtaining this set, I managed to get the No. 40 snow grade go stones and the Hon Kuwa bowls for a tiny bit less than the cost of just the Kurokigoishi No. 40 snow grade go stones alone.
So this is what the stripes on one of my snow grade stone looks like.
The size of the stones looks good too with around 22mm diameter and definitely at least 11.3mm thickness.
(Kurokigoishi chart shows No. 40 stones as 11.3mm thick.)
Not sure if I took an accurate measurement of the thickness though because my stone looks like it might even be up to 11.9mm!!!
Size 40 snow grade Mexican clam go stones are probably as luxurious as I’m willing to buy.
Consider that in the Kurokigoishi’s Gallery of Wonderful Goods, a set of Hyuga Clamshell Go Stones, Snow Grade, Size38 （ Thickness: 10.7mm or more ）will set you back JPY15,000,000 and a set of Hyuga Clamshell Go Stones, Snow Grade, Size40 （ Thickness: 11.3mm or more ）is priced at “negotiable”, I’m definitely not in the market for such sized Japanese domestic produced clam go stones. But for those with deep deep pockets, do note that only a few sets of the No. 40 snow grade Japanese domestic clam go stones have been produced in the past 100 years of Hyuga Clamshell manufacturing history.
A couple pictures of my No. 40 snow grade stones on my one piece kaya as requested.