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    Quote Originally Posted by xMackx View Post
    That is very interesting, thanks for the history lesson! Do these stones go for the same prices?
    I wouldn't think they would bring the kind of prices natural Escher stones bring but I don't know for sure. I'm not sure how rare they are but before this thread was posted I had never seen or heard of them. IMHO this is a stone that would be more desirable to a collector than a honer. Then again, I may be wrong, perhaps they are the equal of the Chosera stones ?

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    @JimmyHAD
    Agree to what you said. I have not come across many of this stones and don't think they have been exported to the States or somwhere else in high numbers.
    So there are not enough stones around to create demand and high prices. It is a collector item as you have said.

    Ardspachs info about the russian boxed stone is very interesting. I think the stones made of y/g thuringian powder are older than the coticule-like stones, they might have been the first try IGES did with artificial stones.
    During the GDR time eastern germany and therefore also the thuringian area around Sonneberg has been under russian control and the stones exported to russia might have been of this time.

    Anyhow the story didn't go well for JGES during the GDR regime. The latest owners were put into prison for several years for no reason at all, the company was taken over by the government, consolidated, renamed and closed after some more years of operation.

    That's the end of the Escher story.
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    Sad and so typical for those times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hatzicho View Post
    JGES began around 1920 with the fabrication of artificial sharpening stones because the natural stones in the area of Steinach-Sonneberg were getting rarer and the demand after WW1 rised.
    Yes, and during WWII in the year 1942 they even patented their fabrication process:

    http://cdn01.trixum.de/upload2/G/n/G...07214P4926.jpg

    http://cdn04.trixum.de/upload2/r/j/r...08026P4926.jpg
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    Really interesting info. Now I do understand prices of this great stones (naturals stones) :-)

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    sure wish I owned one of those cotis bet they go for a pretty penny

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    Quote Originally Posted by sleekandsmooth View Post
    sure wish I owned one of those cotis bet they go for a pretty penny
    I do but sadly it is not likely that I will ever have time to try it. Too many hones.

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    "Escher – Artificial"

    Interesting! ...but not surprising.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adrspach View Post
    I do but sadly it is not likely that I will ever have time to try it. Too many hones.
    I thought no one could have too many hones ?
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    I thought the whole purpose to shaving with a razor was to SAVE money.

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