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    Well some time ago I bought a rock labeled as a Thuri... peer review says, nope. I was trying to learn a coti bout at the time so I stuck it the drawer and didn't give it much time.
    Recently I bought a translucent Ark pocket stone to make a slurry on the "Thuri but nots" , (I have two now). [emoji15]
    Not much luck with slurry but I gave it a test run on my Grelot. Test shave today. Nice close shave with a bit of bite. No bite with the coticule.
    Guessing it's a bit smoother than an 8k Norton.
    The little slurry I did manage was milky colored. I doubt it came from the Arkie. Scratch pattern is quite uniform.
    Still a mystery. In my novice mind, I'd guess a slate of some sort.

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    Nice find. Please can you let us know the country you acquired the stone from, its dimensions, and how easily a slurry is raised? This may give some clues as to what it is.

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    I bought it via ebay. US seller. Dimensions are about 7in x 1.5in x 1in. It's quit rustic, not sawn. It appears layered. Not easy to slurry but when it does it's milky white. Finishes a bit finer that Norton 8k.

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    Your trans ark will be more of a grading stone (it'll wear down the surface of natural stones), which can be useful itself. It probably won't release any particles unless it's rubbed against a hard synthetic stone or perhaps a soft ark stone of some sort.

    Probably a slate, but it could be anything. If it's coarse and bitey on slurry, then grading it and not allowing it to slurry is a good option. As it gets slow, you can do your initial strokes with a little bit of pressure.

    I wish sellers would not list things with misleading titles when they don't know for sure what they are (not singling out this seller, just frustration with ebay).
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    I've been trying to find something to create a slurry with. I think I might have a small synthetic that came with a barber's hone. I have an eze-lap pocket stone but I don't want to wear it out either. I have some Arkansas pocket stones coming. My concern with those is that it might confuse what the base stone is.
    At the present it's a play thing. It does a fine job of bringing back an edge as a 8k to 10k synthetic might. It's fairly fast. Not sure where it'll end up, if at all, in my series. I'm not sure if it beats my coticule for bringing back an edge.
    As far as grading, if I'm understanding it correctly, I think that's what I was going for. Releasing base material to test it's cutting ability.
    Thanks for the input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveW View Post
    Your trans ark will be more of a grading stone (it'll wear down the surface of natural stones), which can be useful itself. It probably won't release any particles unless it's rubbed against a hard synthetic stone or perhaps a soft ark stone of some sort.

    Probably a slate, but it could be anything. If it's coarse and bitey on slurry, then grading it and not allowing it to slurry is a good option. As it gets slow, you can do your initial strokes with a little bit of pressure.

    I wish sellers would not list things with misleading titles when they don't know for sure what they are (not singling out this seller, just frustration with ebay).
    It's not really coarse and bitey. It's hard and a bit leathery but not as much as a coticule.

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    Took the Grelot to the other possible Thuringen I bought. Definitely a finisher. It's very hard and very smooth. I managed a bit of black slurry with the translucent arky. There is still a bit of striation from the previous hone but nearly polished to bright steel.
    Beautiful shave. Close and comfortable. No aftershave burn.

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    Nice stone Clayglen, looks like it could be a Lynn Idwal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattluthier View Post
    Nice stone Clayglen, looks like it could be a Lynn Idwal.
    The first or second?
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    The first stone looks like a Lynn Idwal.
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