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    Quote Originally Posted by Howard View Post
    The garnet has a natural tendency to cleave off the corners of the dodecahedron which is ball shaped. The cleaved surfaces are sharp and very tiny. This is why the "abrasive milk" works so well.
    I've always found it odd that so many descriptions of coticules imply that the entire garnet is released at once and is floating around in the slurry. I was surprised the first time that I looked at the slurry under a microscope. The slurry is actually comprised of many tiny pieces of crescent shaped fragments.

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    Interesting, have you looked at the slurry of an Escher?

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    After reading this I think I'm in the market for a Thuringian/Escher. Does anyone know how much difference I will see between one of the new Thuringians being sold at Timbertools and a nice, high quality, vintage Escher. While the Timbertools website states their stone are 12000 grit they also say there is no benefit from following a coticule with one of their Thuringians. Of course, many SRPers claim a big difference in shave quality in jumping from a coticule to an Escher. What I'm asking is how much difference will plopping down $500 for an Escher give me as compared to $139 for a Thuringian from timbertools.


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    Wow, Hank, you've got EAD (Escher Acquisition Disorder) as bad as Blaireau. $500 for a finishing stone. If I was thinking about dropping that kind of cash on a finishing stone, I'd be looking for an amazing Japanese Natural which for that price range would spank any Escher until its paper labeled tail was tucked between its legs. For real.

    Your question about the difference between a Timber Tools Thuringian and a $500 Escher is not one that I think anyone can answer definitively. Natural stones have variance even within the same ratings (BG, YG, DB, etc).

    Example: I've got about 6 vintage coticules of varying hardnesses. I'm to the point where I see unique high priced coticules that interest me, but I've experienced them enough now to know that I would not spend $200 on up for a coticule unless I actually tried it out. I prefer a certain type of coticule and another type I don't care for.

    I feel the same way about high priced Thuringians.

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