Slurry Stones

 These small stones are sometimes the soul of a honing procedure. Not on every stone a slurry stone is needed but depending on the stone and depending on the actual status of the razors bevel it might be useful to use one of those small, often wonderful looking stones.They often look like nice bag full of chewable candy’s……colorful, swirled and tasty…..

I sorted the slurry stones i own just in an alphabetical orderSlurry Stones
Why are slurry stones needed ?
We do this to create a slurry on the working area of our main stone in each individual natural progression. This is done either with a slurry stone of the same material (jap. Tomonagura), with a softer stone on a harder stone, with a harder stone on a softer stone or with a Diamond Plate (DMT).

This gives us the possibility to create a wider working range on the surface of the natural stone. So depending how thick a slurry is, more abrasive particles (f.ex. Quartz [SiO2], Iron Oxide [Fe2O3], Aluminiumoxide [Al2O3], etc.) or garnets (f.ex. Spessartines in Coticules) are coming out of the stone.

With a thicker slurry on the stone the honing process works faster, is more abrasive and coarser, more material is removed from the bevel. The other way around a thinner slurry works quite slow, less abrasive and finer, until we reach the latest finishing step. This is done with plain water on many of the finishing stones.

Slurry Stones

Bavarian-Frankonian – natural backed stone
a small stone with a natural iron oxidated backing, very hard to raise a slurry in the Bavarian-Frankonian Bout Stone  

 Chinese – C12K Slurry Stone
this is one of the softer C12K variants, this slurry stone is totally different then the other C12K i own as a bench stone. But these two fit very well together. A soft C12K slurry stone used on a hard C12K benchstone

 Coticule – Les Latneuses de Régne (Hybrid Stone)
a Les Latneueses hybrid layer slurry stone from Régne, the coticule side is quite soft, the hybrid side very very hard because of the amount of quartz within this layer

 Coticule – natural grown Coticule/BBW
a very nice slurry stone with a natural grown coticule/BBW layering, very soft on the coticule side, easy to raise slurry

 Coticule – natural grown Coticule/BBW
this slurry stone was cut from a full sized natural coticule. It was used to many years and too much, that nearly the whole coticule side was missing. One one side enough material was left to cut off this nice slurry stone

  Coticule – natural grown Coticule/BBW (from Sharpchef)
a very interesting and quite soft natural grown slurry stone. This stone really looks awesome and you can see the layering of Coticule and BBW

   Coticule – “The Cheetah” stone
This is the small end part of a paddle coticule. These stones sometimes appear with a hole drilled thru the stone. The hole was used to thread a string thru it. Probably the stones were hanging somewhere in the kitchen.

Enat by Ekretz – the light brown Enat
a very hard ligh brown stone, its really hard to create a slurry with this one. you can see certain inclusions in the stones matrix

    Thuringian Water Hone – yellow-green/light green layered stone
A yellow green to light green double layered stone, very soft

    Thuringian Water Hone – yellow-green stone
This is a yellow green thuringian slurry stone, cutted triangular style. These stones have often been sold cutted this way with the older thurigian stones. 

    Thuringian Water Hone – yellow-green stone with inclusions

Thuringian Water Hone – Light Green stone with natural skin
one light green thuringian slurry stone, very soft with a very
nice natural skin. You can also see the older saw marks on the end of the slurry stone.

 Thuringian Water Hone – Mottled Slurry Stone
one part of a bigger mottled thuringian stone, these stones are harder then the yellow green variants. Slurrying with a tomonagura on the mottled base stone it does feel quite soft 🙂