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Original Escher Stone and Thuringian Water Hone

Original Escher WhetstoneLimited quantities available from a recently discovered block of the Original Escher Stone.

The end of the Escher has come. We are sold out of the large size, but have a few left of smaller sizes. The quarry has used up the entire block of stone that was available, and we will never see any more of this natural stone, as its origin is protected as a nature reserve.

This is the original 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 Escher hone.

We have contracted with the quarry to have the remainder of the stone cut and polished into the next possible sizes, now offered here, online. Also, we will make an effort to offer a man-made Escher stone in the near future, that has all the wonderful honing characteristics that makes Escher so desirable.

Thuringian Water Hone

Thuringian hone with slurry stone
Ultra-fine natural blue water hone in high quality for the final hone of razors, scalpels, knives, edge tools, butcher knives.

From nearby the 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 in chalk.

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.

About the Escher and Thuringian Whetstones

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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 line.

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, or use without a slurry, just whetting the surface of the stone.

Can I use it as a final hone after using the Belgian garnet stone?

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.

Products

Original Escher Sharpening Stone 4" x 1" x 5/8" (110 x 25 x 15 mm)
Original Escher Sharpening Stone 4" x 1" x 5/8" (110 x 25 x 15 mm)
$129.00
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Escher Slurry Stone
Escher Slurry Stone
$33.00
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Thuringian Hone 10" x 3" x 3/4" with slurry stone and wooden box
Thuringian Hone 10" x 3" x 3/4" with slurry stone and wooden box
$149.00
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Thuringian Hone 8" x 2" x 3/4" with slurry stone and wooden box
Thuringian Hone 8" x 2" x 3/4" with slurry stone and wooden box
$89.00
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