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Thread: Hone Testing: Dota Creek, Bethresda Grey, AR Grey

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    Default Hone Testing: Dota Creek, Bethresda Grey, AR Grey

    Hone Testing

    A progression of
    Arkansas Grey Marked 4-6k
    Dota Creek Marked 10-12k
    Bethesda Grey Marked Ultra Fine
    Coming off a Chosera 1k bevel set Shumate "Newport"
    Using Smith's solution

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    KISS Test Shave

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    Immediate results on the very first try with new stones
    CCS one multidirectional pass as usual


    After posting this on Facebook and some discussion and point blank asking "What are They" which for some reason is an alien concept in the FB groups **SMDH**
    I got this

    "Mkay.. you guys force my hand on the stones. McBrides Stone Company is the source for the Bethesda Black and the AR Grey. Bethesda Black is a compressed shale(slate), but unlike any other slate you will ever see. They(McBrides) make counter tops/floor tiles/ desks and several other suspended stone things from it. You ought to see it turned as a column !!! The AR Grey comes from near Wideman, AR; and McBrides makes once again floor tiles/ counter tops / desks / building cladding and even use their breaking machine to give rough face exterior on high dollar houses. I get their cut off pieces and convert them one time again. The Dota Creek Stone does come from the creek running through my family farm. I have to wait until the creek is not running in the summer and gather up the big rocks with the front bucket of the tractor. It is a super compressed shale loaded up with all sorts of glistening silica particles. A lot harder of a stone than the other 2 in the mix too. Got a friend that is going to have a Chemical Analysis done on the Dota Creek stone. I don't have to know the specifics ~ All I need to know about the stones is how they work for people. I get 3 points of reference from knowledgeable folks before I call the stone for what it is. I depend on other people since I am already biased out there cutting / lapping / working the stones. "


    I have done 7 razors on them since Monday, I have not felt comfortable enough yet to send any home to customers...

    It is my personal belief that the Grey is a Stone known as an Ozark Banded Chert... I asked that and was not answered

    Testing continues



    Edit: Link added to McBrides thanx to Joamo
    Last edited by gssixgun; 05-18-2019 at 02:51 PM.
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    Cool Test Razor #10

    Trying a Solingen blade that was a gift from Germany

    I have dropped the Progression of the AR stones and moved to my standard CXhosera 1-5-10 into a finisher that I use most often when honing every day


    These are pics from before any hones


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    Heel to Toe before ANY hones

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    More pics coming
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    Honing

    Chosera 1-5-10-Dota Creek in order

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    New tests on the composition coming soon also

    I was first told these were Limestone, I will do a HCl acid test as soon as I get time to test for that..
    Last edited by gssixgun; 05-17-2019 at 05:44 PM.
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    Are your edges still improving?

    Thanks for doing all this leg work, though this isn’t helping my HAD at all.
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    Default SOTD Friday 5/17/19

    This was the SOTD again a KISS shave

    Williams - Face lather with the Semogue Boar - 1 Multi-directional pass - Mennens

    Officially giving up on the Dota Creek for a finisher, and moving to the Bethesda Grey next week..

    Wife got home from work, asked if I was feeling ok because my face was so red, no shaving for the weekend and get back to the fun on Mon


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    Hone On !!!
    "No amount of money spent on a Stone can ever replace the value of the time it takes learning to use it properly"
    Very Respectfully - Glen

    Proprietor - GemStar Custom Razors Honing/Restores/Regrinds Website

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