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Glanrafon Welsh Hone

timwcic

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Glanrafon Welsh Hone, the newest addition to my den. It has been in my mystery box since the summer. Slowly trying to get the box empty for the winter shopping season. I was on the fence about this stone because of the bottom. I was reading cleavage fractures and slate cleaves. Two tells from different stones. Was not until taking pictures that I noticed there is a inclusion running thru. That was the cause of my misinterpretation. Takes a hunk out of it but does not reach the surface. It seems to be hard for a slate and soft for novaculite. It was not until I did some research and the grateful help of very knowledgeable members that a Glanrafon came into focus. I was not overly impressed at first, it gave a slightly harsh, toothy edge. It was not until I lapped a second time to a higher grit that performance improved. It is a hard stone with a dense, ceramic feel in my hand. Love the blue/black swarf like bands in the olive green surface accented with dark dots. I am digging this rock and a nice addition to my UK hone collection

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Very pretty isn't it!

Do my eyes deceive me or does it have some translucency to the edge? And if so - I wonder if it can be considered a slate (I don't know of any translucent slates). It would I'd have thought more likely a kind of chert, with slate-like layering or cleavage... maybe!
 
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timwcic

"Look what I found"
@timwcicMine are weirdly hard like ceramic/glass.

It was a long mystery that is put to rest. The hand feel like ceramic was the selling point to me

Very pretty isn't it!

Do my eyes deceive me or does it have some translucency to the edge?

I seen and thought the same thing but has no signs of translucency. Light reflection and cell camera trick on the eyes
 
It was a long mystery that is put to rest. The hand feel like ceramic was the selling point to me

Well I am truly delighted. I joined this forum initially for the sole purpose of hone ID help - and it makes me quite happy if I can actually help others identify their stones.

That is a more unique one for sure. That and the fiddich stone I hunted for for some time before finding. Good score on that one. The Henk Bos writeups have some info if you are curious.
 
Ah gotcha, thought it might a trick of the light!

The more I see of these stones, the more certain I am that my own pretty mystery green UK stone is not a Glanrafon. It's probably equally hard, and perhaps even finer, but emphatically slate-y in feel, with no ceramic-like aspect at all.

That is a more unique one for sure. That and the fiddich stone I hunted for for some time before finding. Good score on that one. The Henk Bos writeups have some info if you are curious.

Do they... whereabouts? I just did a quick search of part 3 but couldn't find it, is it hiding somewhere else?
 

timwcic

"Look what I found"
Well I am truly delighted. I joined this forum initially for the sole purpose of hone ID help - and it makes me quite happy if I can actually help others identify their stones.

That is a more unique one for sure. That and the fiddich stone I hunted for for some time before finding. Good score on that one. The Henk Bos writeups have some info if you are curious.

Fiddish River Stone is #1 on the hone bucket list. Been searching the fields for years looking for that marble like stone. When I see those lines, I be all over it. Found this hone when I was least expecting it. Henk #3 was very helpful in the ID
 
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timwcic

"Look what I found"
Which volume has the information on this stone type? I've got all four PDFs and could not locate the information.

Thanks much.

I don’t think it’s in there directly. I used the essays to help me with what it’s not and narrow down its identity. It was not with out the help of members here, I would still be staring at it
 
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