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    Default Not a piece of wood

    This is how it was advertised:
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    Two layers, thin fine lighter one, thicker coarse dark one, woodgrain pattern, wood box, 'soap stone' - naturally my mind wandered to the possibility of a vintage Belgian. Just the strange deep hollow in the would-be BBW side was a bit odd. Then again, people maltreat their hones in every possible way. At less than 5 Euro well worth a try.

    Then it arrived, looking like two red bricks glued together. But look what appeared after initial cleaning:
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    And now after sweating out some oil in a hot oven, soaking and scrubbing with BioTex, and lapping I have this beautifully grained Yellow Dalmore:
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    It doesn't show on the pictures, but in real life it has a nice crystalline sparkling too, and a wonderful silky touch.

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    Wow, I've never seen a hone quite like
    that. Nice job on bringing it back to life!

    How well does this work on razors?

    - Scott

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    From the caterpillar to the butterfly ! Beautiful job of cleaning that up. Thanks for the great photo progression.
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    That is an amazing progression with a beautiful stone in the end. The grain is very striking.

    Can I have it?

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    Wonderful!

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    Great looking hone and well done in bringing it back from the dead.Very skillful.

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    Nope. I'm not having it! I still think it's a lump of wood.

    Connor

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    Wow, that REALLY does look like a hunk of wood. Have you tried a razor out on it yet? I'd really be interested to see how it performs.
    It was advertised as a 2-sided hone, and it looked artificial at first, but it turned out to be a natural. My question is: do both sides feel different? Is the 2-sided/layered appearance just due to the natural grain and both sides perform the same regardless? Just curious!

    Thanks for posting the pictures.

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    Very interesting stone. It's also interesting since you categorize the surface as having a silky quality. The Dalmore Yellow I have is not silky, it's on the coarse side and has a characteristic sandstone nature to it.

    Would you rate the stone here as falling into a broad category of coarse, medium, fine or polishing (super fine) grit?

    Thanks for posting the pics.

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