10” Blue Green Escher

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This Escher is not ‘just an Escher’...

 In the hands of someone that isn’t a barber or a professional sharpener - this Escher might be viewed as being too lush, too posh and way too bourgeois. 

Honestly, no one single person that hones a few razors on occasion should ever have a valid “need’ for an Escher this large; it’s 10” long, 2” wide, and about 1” thick. 

The thing is, that while the above is basically true – one should also consider the incredibly intoxicating come-hither seduction emanating from this stone; anyone that dares to finish even just one razor on it will be hooked.

Yes – this stone gushes with that truly wicked orgasmic Thuri feedback that is not found in every example and words cannot describe. I’ve had a lot of Eschers – and this one really is a superb example of why these stones are so highly sought after. 

Long ago, I had a wood-boxed 10” yellow/green Escher that was ‘supposed’ to be the bomb. Well – it was good but it didn’t captivate me to ‘that’ level. And the massive size of the stone seemed totally unnecessary. Eventually, I sold it because I was tired of trying to pretend that the yellow-green stones that everyone prattles on endlessly about would live up to their hype.

After owning a good 10-12 yellow-greens, I have to say that I've not been all that impressed with that color-variant.   

However, this blue-green example does deliver the goods. And, for whatever reason, the size seems ‘just right’. After using it to final-finish and/or retouch several straight razor edges – my thoughts are that not only is this one helluva sexy beast, but it’s also a top shelf over-achiever.  

When it arrived, I checked to see if the top was flat, and – as usual – it wasn’t.

When I started to resurface this hone with a 140x Atoma diamond plate, I noticed the slurry was a bit darker than expected. The first paper-towel blot test showed it to be a fairly dark and muddy green. However, after cutting through the heavily oxidized top layer – the hue changed and the second blotter test showed the slurry to be more yellow/green. Apparently, the top was heavily oxidized and once that dry material was changed, then the stone’s true color and ‘feel’ were apparent.

What I think, but could never prove – is that this stone was never used. There were a few chips on the edges but they were clear of any traces of any dried slurry, and the same goes for the saw marks on the ends. After lapping, the dried slurry in those spots was clearly evident. The stone showed no signs of use; there were no scratch or tool marks in the surface, and while the large label shows some shelf wear, there’s no staining or other types of handling marks. I really do think this one just sat around collecting dust in a drawer or cabinet somewhere.

Whatever the story is, or was – the fact is that it’s very possibly the best Escher I’ve ever owned. 

© Keith V Johnson 2014 - 2018