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    Default Hone ID please.

    I know its hard to ID vintage hones from photo's but here goes. I only paid 1 for it so no loss.

    Its size is more or less 1" X 2" X 8"

    I have pics showing mainly dry, with slurry and a wet pic.
    The Stone feels quite smooth (I have NOT had chance to get a razor onto it yet, I will later on and post my findings. I feel its NOT a finishing hone, as I have a vintage Thuringian and it does not feel as smooth as that.
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    Default Hone ID please.

    Pattern is for 100% a Dalmore Blue Hone....its a coarser Stone in the Range to 4-6k...

    The Swirls can vary it depends how the stone is cut...

    Check the first example here:
    http://www.razorandstone.com/showthr...hlight=Dalmore


    An example of mine:
    https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7373/...bd050f_c_d.jpg
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    Thanks for that quick reply.

    Above is a pic of what it looked like this morning, lol I had no idea what was under all that crap, (Not that I would of known what it was anyway) it had paint and glue etc... on all sides

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    I really like these Stones in the use after Bevel setting before i use a pre-finisher

    You can also Check out Henk Bos Grinding and Honing Part 3, page 46 for further information on the Dalmore Blue

    http://bosq.home.xs4all.nl/
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    Thanks for that quick reply.

    Above is a pic of what it looked like this morning, lol I had no idea what was under all that crap, (Not that I would of known what it was anyway) it had paint and glue etc... on all sides
    The stones are often really dirty and hard to recognize, often these are used with oil....
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    Credit where it's due, boys, these hones have been talked about here on good old SRP well before Razor & Stone, let alone Henrik's online book, were even in existence. To get more info and some stunning pics you only have to use the SRP search function and you will find all you need to know here. You will even get the idea that others have copied the info on SRP practically verbatim and claimed it as their own!

    I remember about 6 yrs or so ago SRP member 'coully' (Simon) was lamenting the failure of the mine owner (Kenneth Montgomerie, proprietor of the Water of Ayr & Tam O'Shanter Honeworks) from whom he had previously ordered Tam O'Shanters, Water of Ayr and Dalmore Blue hones from. The mine owner was an elderly chap - I have talked to him several times myself - in failing health and with a bit of a dodgy memory. The mine was no longer operational - had not been for many years, and all the hones were from stockpiles. The quarry was famous in the 1800s for Tam O'Shanters and Water of Ayr stones, but also provided the Dalmore Blue and Dalmore Yellow, which came from other nearby quarries (Meikledale and Craiksland).

    Dylandog, another SRD member, knew a lot about them back in the day, and Joe Chandler actually used them to hone with and was the authority on them.

    Slightly afterwards, but still ahead of the other two previously mentioned sites, came an amateur metallurgist from the UK named Alex Smith with an immense knowledge - I believe his SRD name was 'A_S' or something similar. He had the history of this hone, as well as the other Ayrshire hones, down to a 'T' - a very gifted and sharing chap.

    All this stuff can still be found easily enough within the pages and archives of The Straight Razor Place.

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