An oily crusted hone. Should I take a chance?

Discussion in 'Hones and Honing' started by 32t, Sep 5, 2018.

  1. 32t

    32t Member

    I did this last weekend. $2.50 what the heck.

    I lost the gamble in what I was looking for.

    I am sure I am not the only one that has done this in this group!:D

    Arguably maybe worth the $2.50 but not what I was hoping for.

    Mine is not worth the pictures but show me yours to keep my hopes alive!
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  2. Shawn

    Shawn New Member

    It wasn't oily and crusty, but I took a risk on an unknown coti for $9 and actually got lucky. Crack doesn't interfere and it puts a nice smooth edge on a razor. Not as laser sharp as my jnats, but very smooth.

  3. verndahl

    verndahl AKA tintin

    I always take chances on cheap old oily hones , but only if they seem like a good risk. Gotten a few nice Arkies but no finishers yet. Still fun to see what you end up with after a good long soak in degreaser.
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  4. verndahl

    verndahl AKA tintin

    here's an image of one of the Washita hones i found, i think it was $5-7. nice and greasy.
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  5. geezer

    geezer Member

    I could say that I usually take a chance on any hone that does not vibrate my thumbnail when I scratch the hone. Among others, a ten inch green labeled Escher (label was protected by the wood base), a few thuringers, a few coticules, and a couple translucent Arkies, etc.
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  6. verndahl

    verndahl AKA tintin

    Wow Richard! Mostly what i find are Carborundum hones and not even in the amount you've listed. People must not sharpen their knives in my neck of the woods.
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  7. geezer

    geezer Member

    A good way to recognize some finishers is to know their usual dimensions. Thuringers have pretty common proportions and so also with Arkies. Coticules like you found are a little less regular. (Good Find!)

    PS, The crack may be inclusions and I have found Coticules with inclusions to cut very fast. JMO
    Dress out the chip and you are good to go! Don't waste the stone surface by lapping further. Just use wet dry abrasive to keep it from catching and edge. YMMV
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  8. Gasman

    Gasman Show me that again!

    Nice idea for a thread. I have not ran across any hones in the wilds yet, but I keep looking.
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  9. Bruno

    Bruno Administrator Staff Member

    In Belgium and the Netherlands, it is fairly common to find coticules orr bbw on flea markets.
    Often they are gunked up but it is easy to spot them and can usually be bought for a couple euro. Even blue yellow combo stones can be found.

    One time I bought a 2x7 blue yellow combo stone for 20$ or so :)
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  10. 32t

    32t Member

    I have just got back from a trip through a few states. I got a couple of hones but did a good job of avoiding to many places to spend my money!

    I got a keen kutter well used but in the box today in Iowa.

    Earlier in the week I visited Dan"s Whetstones in Arkansas and ended up with an 3" x 8" black. That was fun!

    I am just back tonight and will write about that experience later.
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