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    T.R. Cadman & Sons - Incorporation?

    Here is a very old Bengall razor from the early years of the company in the 18th century. You can see that the mark BEN_GALL is written in two lines. This is how the mark was registered in 1748. You can still see this writing of the mark in Sketchley’s directory of Sheffield in 1774...
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    T.R. Cadman & Sons - Incorporation?

    1924! At this time Thomas Radley Cadman jun. was director of the company and it was located at St. Mary's road. During WW2 they moved to Matilda Lane and began to produce blades and scissors. In 1924 the Cadman company still had been traditional razor makers. Luke Cadman moved to Sheffield in...
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    Top 3 Coticule Layers

    Ah sorry the above embedded chart was not the one I would really like to show. It only has the predicted quality of the coticule layers as useful information. Much more intersting is the following diagram. The chart itself as well as all data and terms I added to make it more clear is from...
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    Top 3 Coticule Layers

    Yes David, I had the chance to try quite a lot of them. I had the possibility to try Henks examples about ten years ago and tested quite a lot of them during my visits of Ardennes and the discussions with Maurice. It is interesting that a lot of users here put the Petit blanche so close to the...
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    Top 3 Coticule Layers

    I personally found in general that the Les Latneuse is a to inconsistent layer for use of honing straight razors. There are very good ones but also some with quartz inclusions that could easily be harmful in razor honing. I would agree to the other two mentioned layers, the La Veinette and the...
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    Glued (2layers) Thuri..?

    Yep that really looks like a mottled thuri-Schwedenstein. There are a few examples that Schwedenstein hones where glued to other stones to have a two-sided different fine honing stone. Regards Peter
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    Escher/Thuringian love. show of your rocks

    Intersting stone. Are you sure it is a thuringian? How deep do the spots go into the stone? Sometimes stones with a natural skin show these spots. It appears when you lap the skin away, but doesn't go deep into the stone. Regards Peter
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    Escher/Thuringian love. show of your rocks

    No I don't. As said - normally the quality of these very outer layers isn't very good and I think at the high times nobody and at least not the Escher company would have sold this kind of hones. But when the production comes to an end and the good layers were hard to explore, they may have also...
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    Escher/Thuringian love. show of your rocks

    Interesting stone. I have not seen these kind so far for sale. It could indeed be a Thuringian and also an Escher. These holes in the stone matrix appear in the very outer layers of the whetstone quarries. But normally these weren't sold because of the bad quality. Here are pictures of the outer...
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    information about Ferd Herberz Palmera 14

    Well Juan Vollmer took over a spanish company for razor blade production in Irun in the year 1934 and started production of razor blades under the name Palmera. And that is also what the advertisement says: ..Fabrica de Hojas de afeitar.... He also sold razors under that name from this time on -...
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    information about Ferd Herberz Palmera 14

    Ferdinand Herberz was the first who made razors under the name Palmera. His company was founded 1864 in Solingen- Ohligs. In 1934 Juan Vollmer took over the brand name and fabricated razors under that name in Spain. Here is an old advertisment that shows both companies: Regards Peter
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    Escher/Thuringian love. show of your rocks

    Think I mentioned that berfore here or in another thread. The main labels have been a direction for honing for the endusers of the stone. The color labels have been a quality and therefore price label for Escher itself and his distributors. So as example - when the Escher company, as a sole...
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    Sources for jnats?

    Not so well known here in the razor lovers scene but one of the most reputable and knowledegable sellers is Shinichi Watanabe. He is a bladesmith in 6. generation and also very well known for high quality kitchen knifes. Perfect stones and always a good contact to ask and gain knowledge about...
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    Schwedenstein Hones

    A little bit of historical background to the Schwedenstein hones. They also do come from thuringia and have been mined not far away from the well known thuringian hone quarries. From the geology the hones are different to the Escher-type thuringians. Whereas these are upper devonian age...
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    Black Thuri

    David, if I remember correct, there was a distributor who sold Escher stones only in the classification green and blue, no further subdivision. I think I got somewhere a copy of a catalogue from the company where only blue and green thuringians are listed. Have to look for it, if I can find the...
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