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Stone identification help please


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This antique stone was found at an antique store by yours truly. It has two grits, a gray side and a reddish brown side. I'm just wondering if you guys knew anything as to its likely classification and grit number. It's definitely smoother than 600 grit sandpaper, but I can't tell comparing to the 1500 paper. I don't want to waste my time and screw up what little sharp I have on my razors, so any information would be greatly appreciated.


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I'm not cynical about desert.

Is the typo intentional?

Anyway - looks to be a barber hone. No way to tell it's 'grit', never saw one before.
Looks like it needs to be cleaned, lapped, possibly conditioned.


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Yes, and your the first one to notice it in about 6 months of having it, I wanted to make it harder to google where the quote came from.
The stone definitely needs cleans and lapped, I just wondered if was going to e worth the effort.

Most b-hones aren't stellar performers and, IMO - most require a fair bit of technique to eek out a decent shaving edge.
I"m not familiar with yours, could be great, or fair, or something else.
I like the label, that side would be finer usually.