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    Default Where Can I Buy A Real Escher or Thuringian?

    I have recently come across a website that claim they have real Escher and Thuringian stones https://www.timbertools.com/cart.php
    What I am looking for is an awesome finishing stone. If anyone can help me out I would greatly appreciate it thanks..

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    They are a real Escher only if they have a label that has not been added later. There are a couple known labels that are Escher stones sold by others. There are threads on this.

    An Escher is a Thuringian stone and they come in many colors and honing factors denoted by the colors.
    There are usually one or two on the Buy-Sell-Trade threads.

    They are great hones but I would suggest awaiting the time when you can hone well to obtain one; and, since we now have synthetics that are a lot more stable and the grit is specified by a good maker, The price for a new person to honing could be a lot cheaper and perhaps more effective than buying an Escher. Any natural stone has a learning curve!

    I am keeping the few Escher's that I have and enjoying some other Thuringian hones.
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    Well I do have Naniwa 12k coming, perhaps I should master that first, I just keep reading how spectacular a natural Stone finish really is..I am very interested in obtaining one

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    Read about the natural stones and wait until you learn how to produce a shave ready razor. My Naniwa 12k works fine for me.

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    A Nani 12k is an awesome stone. When it comes to naturals there can be variables. Not with synthetics, they are spot on almost every time. Just stick with the Nani.

    And no matter how you hone it, in my opinion, the smoothness of the edge comes from good stropping YMMV JMO
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    Buy yourself a Naniwa 12K, it's probably the only finishing hone you will ever need.
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    If you are at the begining of your honing journey...this is what ibrecomend for you from personal experience.

    Get a chosera 1000...a Norton. 4/8k and a naniwa SS12k
    With this lineup you can learn how to hone properly, get nice edges easy and still find a spot in your honing lineup later for the stones.

    2) learn how to hone....use marker on the bevels and spine...how and when to use tape...diffrent techniques.

    3) get a razor sent out to be honed by a pro...a real pro...and send it in for various finishers...coticule...jnat...escher...sinthetics. ..hell you can even send it to get honed on the nani12k to see if you are getting similar results.

    Send the same razor I. Every time to be able to compare with less variables.

    4) find out what finisher you like.
    Depending on skin type...hair type...technique used...shaving routine...etc...you may find out you like some edges better then others.
    For me for instance after going trough hundreds of stones I narrowed it down to 3 types....coticules...jnats and Eschers.
    Because I ha e a sensitive skin...tough beard...and I like my edges kind to the skin and sharp.

    5) after finding out what you like....buy one.

    Sure what I recomend requires patience...and throwing away some cash on honing services...but trust me...you will get out cheaper then buying a hone that you may like and not satisfying your curiosity before the purchase.

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ovidiucotiga View Post
    If you are at the begining of your honing journey...this is what ibrecomend for you from personal experience.

    Get a chosera 1000...a Norton. 4/8k and a naniwa SS12k
    With this lineup you can learn how to hone properly, get nice edges easy and still find a spot in your honing lineup later for the stones.

    2) learn how to hone....use marker on the bevels and spine...how and when to use tape...diffrent techniques.

    3) get a razor sent out to be honed by a pro...a real pro...and send it in for various finishers...coticule...jnat...escher...sinthetics. ..hell you can even send it to get honed on the nani12k to see if you are getting similar results.

    Send the same razor I. Every time to be able to compare with less variables.

    4) find out what finisher you like.
    Depending on skin type...hair type...technique used...shaving routine...etc...you may find out you like some edges better then others.
    For me for instance after going trough hundreds of stones I narrowed it down to 3 types....coticules...jnats and Eschers.
    Because I ha e a sensitive skin...tough beard...and I like my edges kind to the skin and sharp.

    5) after finding out what you like....buy one.

    Sure what I recomend requires patience...and throwing away some cash on honing services...but trust me...you will get out cheaper then buying a hone that you may like and not satisfying your curiosity before the purchase.

    Good luck!
    This all day long! That Chosera/Norton/Nani progression is the foundation of my honing setup. A nice Ark, PHIG, or JNat puts the icing on the cake.
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    Really, ? Most natural owners are very proud f their stones, and once they dial them in they work just great, but and here's the biggy. YOU haven't even leaned to shave well yet. I could give you a thousand dollar stone of known quality, you,ll probably get a better die from the Nani12k because it won't take long to learn. Plus why not learn the one you have coming, that's going to take time. Then in the end once you master the 12k you,ll find that it gives just as good of an edge. I've been doing this for 4+ years and it's what I shave off of daily, and I have some pretty good naturals. We see this all the time, new guy wants to buy a stone that is the latest or greatest, but hasn't even mastered the basics. Slow down and look up Glen's (gssixgun) signature, st the truth of all truths in honing. The biggest majority of razors being honed by long time members is being done at some level by the Naniwa12k.

    By the way the Escher is a Thuringian, it's a label, that doesn't make it better. Some say a Jnat is better, nor how about Arks, or a Gok 20k, ask the pros what they hone on most, Lynn Abrams who hones more razors in a month than you will in your life use a. Gok 20k for most f them unless requested to use something other. Tc
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    If you really have to have one, go to EBay and do a search for "straight razor hones." Once in a great while one will pop up there. Be very careful though and don't be afraid to seek advice. Every so often one will be for sale on the b/s/t thread here.
    Let the waiting game begin.
    Good luck.

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