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    Hello, Me fellow Newfie, well i gots that one...

    Hello,

    Me fellow Newfie, well i gots that one near South brook, somebody brings slate there to sell as decorative slate. I picked up a piece with a flat edge and tried my swiss army knife on it...
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    I did have a brief look then I realized if i kept...

    I did have a brief look then I realized if i kept reading i'd be over my head with all the crazy things you can do with this stuff! Maybe in a few years i might try somethings like that. It's cool...
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    Ok shave tested earlier today, it was my...

    Ok shave tested earlier today, it was my smoothest shave to date! And i polish with lather on a coti! i rate this stone somewhere above 10000 grit. It is now my finisher after my coti in my honing...
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    Ok i honed a razor this morning, started on the...

    Ok i honed a razor this morning, started on the 1000k to set the bevel, then tried the purple slate right away. It just polished the top of the scratches. So went on to the 4000k then went to the...
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    Sorry the other one is just a king 1000k/4000k...

    Sorry the other one is just a king 1000k/4000k combo stone not a coti i certainly wish it was!
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    Purple slate

    Hello found some slate with very find grain, The slurry while lapping it was purple color like bbw but a little more grey tone. It's harder then my coti and very smooth puts a nice edge on but i...
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    "A number of good hone stones are fired silt...

    "A number of good hone stones are fired silt stone.
    i.e. find a fine mud or silt stone and correctly fire it so it
    is no longer mud when wet and you may have a winner.
    Find a friendly potter......
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    Quartzite should be good, i have one that puts on...

    Quartzite should be good, i have one that puts on a nice edge good enough to shave arm hairs. I think given that many hones people buy is or related to slate so i think i'm going to go to some areas...
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    Cool, perhaps you could tell how it turns out...

    Cool, perhaps you could tell how it turns out later.
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    Thanks woodash for you info, never knew about...

    Thanks woodash for you info, never knew about nova scotia's stones, I'll check into it. I brought my coti to the lab at the university we only based what i said about coti's on what we could visually...
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    Ok i see what you mean, yeah i have one sandstone...

    Ok i see what you mean, yeah i have one sandstone that i rate at 700 grit. But it abrasive particles get warn quick and the binding is hard so i'm always refreshing it by rubbing it on cement. This...
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    "Second is to research historic journals of local...

    "Second is to research historic journals of local tool users or miners that would have access to to limited sharpening stones and may have happened upon a winner."

    That could prove a problem in...
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    I've heard of novaculite. Actually i thought i...

    I've heard of novaculite. Actually i thought i found garnets in that sandstone but they were K-seldspar crystals coated in oxydized iron...I wasn't thinking of slate because it is the metamophized...
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    Natural Stones

    Hello,

    I orignally found the straight razor fasinating. As a beginner i bought a coti/bbw combo stone and did all my honing on this stone. I've been doing some research into these natural stones...
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