Limited quantities available from a recently
discovered block of the Original Escher Stone.
Original Escher Stone
5 x 2.5 x 3/4 in / 125 x 63 x 20
mm with slurry stone
110 x 25 x 15 mm
approx. 4.3 x 1.0 x 1/2 in. slurry stone not included
125 x 25 x 15 mm
approx. 5 x 1 x 1/2 in. slurry stone not included
Few remaining. Last pieces visually not perfect, but functional
For a limited time,
some other sizes:
140 x 30-35 x 12-22 mm
approx. 5-1/2 x 1-1/4 x 1/2-3/4" slurry stone not included
5-3/4" x 2" x 3/4"
slurry stone not included
25 x 42 x 15-22 mm
approx. 1 x 1-1/2
x 5/8-7/8 in.
The end of the Escher is approaching. After we made available
several hundred Original Escher stones from
an old block of stone, we are sold out of the larger
size. To all those customers who bought one of them, congratulations.
To the many potential purchasers of this stone, who inquired,
you've almost missed your chance. The quarry has used up
the entire block of stone that was available, and we will
likely never see any more, as that part of the quarry is
barely accessible, protected by nature reserves.
This is the original and famous Escher Stone,
cut out of the one and only ultra-fine green to grey
colored raw material from Germany.
This quarry was hidden away in Communist Germany for
decades and yielded an original block of stone, which
was cut into the only sizes that its veins permitted,
thus producing a limited quantity of high quality Original
The largest size is now gone. But
we have contracted with the quarry to have the remainder
of the stone cut and polished into the next possible
sizes, now offered right here, on-line.
Ultra-fine natural blue water hone in high
quality for the final hone of razors, scalpels, knives,
edge tools, butcher knives.
from nearby in the same Thuringian quarry as the Original
Escher Stone comes a new supply of black to grey-blue
colored raw material.
Like the Original Escher Hone, the new Thuringian
material is composed of pure powder-like quartz, embedded
The extraordinary fineness and hardness of these stones
are not met by any other natural stone — 10,000
to 12,000 grit.
The new Thuringian hone is somewhat harder than the
Original Escher material, but has recently yielded towards
lighter color, in the direction of the Original Escher,
producing a similar high-grit hone.
Thuringian stone, with a slurry stone and wooden
box (available with larger sizes).
Thuringian Hone (the new-found material)
8"x 2" x 3/4" WITH slurry
stone and wooden box
10" x 3" x 3/4" WITH slurry
stone and wooden box
the Escher and Thuringian Whetstones
The Original Escher Stone, as well as the new Thuringian
hone, are known by straight edge razor shavers as
the ultimate razor honing stone. It is used as the
final hone after shaping and sharpening the blade with
man-made or natural abrasives that produce a wire-edge,
or burr, in the fashion of a saw-toothed like serrated
Also used for ritual slaughtering knives, or for improving
the edge of any knife.
The composition of the stone, quartz powder embedded
in chalk, gives it its slurry activity. You can either
rub a small sister stone over the surface to quickly
raise an active quantity of dust, then add water and
you have a slurry, which some users prefer; or use without
a slurry, just whetting the surface of the stone, and
you will get an even more incredible fineness of edge
with just a few strokes.
We are often asked this question. If you have used a high
quality natural Belgian stone, the Escher/Thuringian
stone is NOT recommended as a final hone, because the
edge profiles created by these stones are different
and not complementary. A high quality Belgian
stone (such as the ones we sell) produces an edge
without burrs, therefore that edge is already drawn
toward attaining an ideal finish, so you wouldn't gain
any advantage by using the Escher.
However, if you happen to own a low-quality Belgian
stone (more aptly: a stone containing fewer garnets of
large size, therefore cutting a coarser edge profile),
there can be some improvement with the use of the Escher.
The Escher water hone is completely free of pyrites,
which could otherwise hamper the honing effect.