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OK Hivemind. I need some help identifying this whetstone I have had for some years. Purple on one side, yellow on the other. Both fairly soft. Any ideas?

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I've seen one before, maybe in the butcher shop at my grandfather's grocery store in the 70's?  My guess would be 1950s vintage. I could be totally wrong, of course!

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Several notabe smiths on FB tell me the purple is nothing but a backing for the yellow stone. The yellow stone is supposedly Belgian Coticule, 8000 grit water stone.

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It's about the right size and shape for a barber's hone, but I don't think I've ever seen one backed like that.  Is that a notch in the yellow that goes all the way across?  If so. I'd bet it is a barber's hone that cracked so somebody bonded it to a backer to keep using it.

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1 hour ago, Brian Dougherty said:

I'd bet it is a barber's hone that cracked so somebody bonded it to a backer to keep using it.

What I thought at first as well. After someone told me the purple one was probably a piece of slate backer, or (if I was really lucky) a Belgian Blue Stone, I started looking on line. I found this: https://www.bestsharpeningstones.com/category_details.php?category_id=74

 

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I have a Belgian Blue that my wife's grandfather used for his razor.  It's a little more green than the ones on that site, but that's definitely your yellow stone.

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It does look like one of the belgian stones, I have a small double sided one, but on mine the blue stone is more of a grayish blue than purple.

The coticule are fairly soft, but not really friable if that makes sense.

They are also very high grit and leave a fine polish and really sharp edge.

If it is an belgian you are lucky becuase they are quite expensive in those sizes

 

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