Water of Ayr Natural Scottish Sharpening & Honing Stone - Large Sizes - CHOOSE YOUR HONE
Water of Ayr Natural Scottish Sharpening & Honing Stone - Large Sizes - CHOOSE YOUR HONE
Water of Ayr Natural Scottish Sharpening & Honing Stone - Large Sizes - CHOOSE YOUR HONE
Water of Ayr Natural Scottish Sharpening & Honing Stone - Large Sizes - CHOOSE YOUR HONE
Water of Ayr Natural Scottish Sharpening & Honing Stone - Large Sizes - CHOOSE YOUR HONE

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Water of Ayr Natural Scottish Sharpening & Honing Stone - Large Sizes - CHOOSE YOUR HONE

Sale price$89.00 USD
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Hone Number:1


NOTE: These are new hones, cut and lapped and labelled by us here at GSG from old stock raw stone blocks left over from mining done 50+ years ago.
They are offered in large sizes never produced by the workshop, are lapped perfectly flat and ready to use immediately and have the vintage paper labels from the mine. Some may have red paint remaining on the hone edges or backside, from the red paint originally used to seal the blocks by the workshop.

Offered here are rare and celebrated Water of Ayr sharpening stones, a piece of history from the original workshop on the Dalmore estate in rural Stair, Scotland. In widespread use since the late 1700s if not before, the  Water of Ayr (WOA) provides an exceptionally precise finish with a grain size ranging from 9000 to 11,000. This charcoal-gray to black stone, resembling a black Escher, is traditionally used for razors and scalpels. It offers a silky soft feel during honing and is ideal for razor sharpening.

As new but old stock, each stone comes with rough-sawn surface as cut at the workshop on Dalmore Estate.
These are hand quarried, natural stones, and as such the color, size and shape will vary slightly from stone to stone. The stone surfaces are pictured dry, and finally wet in the last photo. A selection of representative examples can be seen in the photos.

The stone surfaces are pictured dry.

Hone Measurements:
No.1: 5 7/8 long x 2 5/8 wide x 11/16in. thick (148 x 67 x 14mm)
No.2: 8 1/4 long x 1 5/8 wide x 7/8in. thick (208 x 42 x 23mm)
No.3: 6 1/2 long x 15/16 wide x 11/16in. thick (165 x 25 x 17mm)
No.4: 6 1/2 long x 2 1/2 wide x 7/16in. thick (165 x 65 x 11mm)
No.5: 7 1/8 long x 2 1/2 wide x 9/16in. thick (182 x 65 x 14mm)
No.6: 7 1/4 long x 2 1/2 wide x 9/16in. thick (186 x 65 x 14mm)
No.7: 8 long x 3 1/4 wide x 7/16-1/2in. thick (182 x 65 x 12-14mm)