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    I bought this quite cheap (if it in fact escher stone), really wanted the box for my current escher of that size, hoping the stone with it is escher but not sure. Would appreciate any thoughts. I haven't received it yet, so can't take wet pics and not sure if it is maybe dust or dried out surface. Colour looks a bit light to be escher as it doesn't seem to have green or yellow tint. Thanks

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    Many people call those stones "Eschers", but they are a different brand of genuine Thuringians. And, don't worry about the color. They come in a lot of colors. If it feels like a Thuringian when honing and shaving, and with that box, it should be one. But it's not an Escher.

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    Thanks. I bought an "escher" from a member on this forum classifieds with the same logo, he guaranteed it was a genuine escher. The seller stated "On the label, the chalice in the center, that signifies Escher. Only genuine Escher stones have labels with the chalice on them"

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    I can't say for sure, but, if it were an Escher, you would see the word written somewhere.
    I don't know whom this brand belonged to, but I know that most of them are from the same quarry the Escher stones came. That hardly makes them Escher stones, no need to worry though. An Escher is a Thuringian with a fancy name. There are lots of unbranded Thuringians that perform as good, and I know from personal experience that those "genuine water stones" or hones, they are excellent finishers.
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    Thanks.

    I trust the seller when he said was a good stone, he seemed like a really nice, genuine and helpful person. I just wanted to know because I based my valuation and decision to buy on the assurance it was an Escher. If its not an Escher, I paid too much for it, could have got a thuringian cheaper - ie the one pictured above, bought that half the price I paid from the other seller via SRP classifieds and the one above came with a box unlike the one via classifieds here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewJM View Post

    Was I mislead?
    Your were not mislead, the label with the chalice or goblet, with the letters E & co are genuine Escher label.
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    Thanks

    As I mentioned previously, the seller seemed like a genuine person, and I didn't want to think the worst of him or jump to conclusions, as he was really friendly and helpful. I must have just got a good buy on the recent one purchased (50 pounds or a bit under US$100).

    Still, for the new one pictured above, does the stone look like a genuine escher from the pic? (I know the pics arent the best) or is it perhaps a different stone in the escher box? The wording on the listing didn't suggest that it was only the box that was genuine, nor did it specifically state that the stone was the original from that box. I just took a punt on this one.

    I think I was just alarmed when previous post stated that it was a different brand of thuringian and not escher.

    Still keen to hear anyone else's thoughts. Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin103 View Post
    Your were not mislead, the label with the chalice or goblet, with the letters E & co are genuine Escher label.
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    Thanks. I was wondering why everybody who sells a genuine water hone thinks he has an Escher. I guess they can be called Escher stones too.
    In any case, there are many Thuringian stones here and there, and we don't know what they are. Some guys here are very knowledgeable and know what they are selling, but not everybody is. A box like this works like a guarantee, and from getting a piece of cheap slate that was recently named Thuringian, it's worth to spend 20$ more for getting the box with the real real deal inside.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewJM View Post
    Still, for the new one pictured above, does the stone look like a genuine escher from the pic?
    I would say yes, the size is right it fit the box correctly, the color looks right, most stones ive seen in this kind of box always seem to be like a blue escher, its a fine stone a very good finisher, only drawback about this stone is its small size.
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    Yes I know the size is small But I couldn't justify spending a fortune on a larger one.

    The one I currently have is the same size, and have only used it to refresh one razor, but the size seemed usable but not preferable. From what Ive read it only takes a dozen or less passes to put the final polish on an edge before stropping? If this is the case, I don't mind doing a few more to cover the blade length, and was able to easily keep the blade flat and flush with the stone whilst doing it.

    Theres a larger one on ebay at the moment, but seller wants AUD$677 (with no label) for it. Thats a little steep for me. If I could get a larger one for a few hundred I'd go for it and sell the ones I have bought.
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