Those banded slates if they could find them would be a real good bridge stone to sell for someone who goes synth to a point and wants a jump off to natural.
Sure did. It is in a strange pressure box bottom. The stone just slide into the base and then like a vise clamps down on it and is a pita to get out again. Never seen anything like it.#3 I've had a few of those. Some guys thought they were silkstone, some thought SSofGR. I never figured it out.
#4 Those are the "Vosgienne" aka "Brown Escher" aka etc etc etc from ages ago. I think someone decided it is in fact a rare kind of BBW in the end, but who knows.
#7 I bet is a very hard and extinct vein coticule.
#8 I've got an 8x2" right here... it's exactly as you describe.
#9 Had one of those too... I agree, very similar to the french stones.
Damn tom, did you ever remove it from the paddle? Really curious what the backside of that stone looks like.
I have one of these but a lot smaller. Thought it was a grey La Lune, but turns out no- it’s quite a nice stone nonetheless.
It's interesting they were using thuri-esque wording. I don't feel my example is a direct replacement, but if I lived in england at the time and my options were the rest of the uk stuff, it may as well have been a thuri given its competence vs the rest as an absolute finisher. It's a fully legit finisher at the very least. As for the stone in the wooden box, I wouldn't slurry it. I don't think it is in the Lune's league, I suspect it's not as consistent in composition. The purple lune is actually criminally cheap on the current market for what you're getting.#52 Those exist in smaller forms too, with proper labels. 6x1" Easily mistaken for a Thuri because they say not to use with oil and are similar dimensions, but they aren't... Neil was right, it's a UK stone. I had one with a label, but sold it a couple years ago. "Genuine Water Hone Use Only With Water" "Be particular to keep free from oil and grease" "Med No 285."
#51 The very first mystery hone I ever bought when I started collecting razor hones was one of these. I was trying to get a Thuri, but realized quickly it wasn't one... as I recall it massacred an edge if slurried. Kept it a couple months then put it up on eBay (or maybe sold it in BST... can't recall). I wasn't thrilled with it. To my memory it finished like a La Lune, but was a good bit softer.
It is a strange effect. I thought it looked, to me, like drying mud. I can say it does have faint saw marks and was a bear to lap the cleanest surface. It did come from the estate of a watchmaker. They do have the strangest tools