The rumor was that the Norton mine was not played out but Norton decided it was no longer profitable. Still they made some limited runs and the last run I don't believe is from the same source as the earlier ones.I don't have one but you're right - they did look like Smith's, didn't they. One would have to assume that wherever they got their old Washitas from is now inaccessible or unviable in some way.
Interesting stuff. Sounds like a good amount of info for ET to go and find us all some 'real' Washitas!
deltaplex mentions scuba gear in jest and now it's a real possibility.
cotedupy, do you know the source of the Fiddich River stones?
I was in dental school 64-68, US Army 68-70, and in both spots I sharpened instruments..
Looking through my old stuff, I found these three stones, and some accompanying paper.
Black hard Arkansas, army issue.
White hard Arkansas on the edge says "Arkansas oil stone co. Hot Springs, Arkansas
I think Washita, from Smith's in Hot Springs, and although can't see in the picture,View attachment 163352 View attachment 163352
a triangle shape slip..I think I bought this around 67 when I was in Hot Springs to
visit the mines...
I've seen complete kits go for $300+
Good for small gouges and fishhooks as well. Most fisherman just think their hooks are sharp.
It was awhile back. Couple years. There was a NOS one on eBay with original box, instructions, etc. Details are sketchy. I just remember I bid on it and didn't come anywhere close.Jaysus, that's quite something! What does the rest of the kit involve?
I was round at a friend's recently and he'd bought a cheap old chest of drawers at an auction, to put in his shed. Turned out the entire thing was full of old dentistry stuff. I did look for stones, but didn't seem to be any...
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Ya, I don't know about the source. Just second hand information. I do wonder if the Fiddich stone is a slate?Haha... tbh I doubt I ever will, I'm more of a fair-weather diver, rather than a feckin-around-in-freezing-cold-and-dark-Welsh-lakes kinda diver. I will go to those quarries at some point later this year though I think.
I don't know about the FR unfortunately. Though given its visual similarity to some 'Glanrafon' stones I'd guess it's more likely Welsh than Scottish. There's a very old post on SRP, by someone who knows an awful lot about this kind of thing, saying that they were/are simply cut and sold by a guy at a Welsh market, who has the stone on his property.
Ya, I don't know about the source. Just second hand information. I do wonder if the Fiddich stone is a slate?
Ok so I bought a stone on a interesting hunch. It is a red and black stone from a seller who has sold most of the Glanrafon and Fiddich River stonessharprazorpalace.com
" Neil Miller said in an old 2012 post about the Fiddich River Stone. He said The stuff found in the bed of the Fiddich River is describes as being a laminated marble. Further up is found a black/red layered type of marble which perhaps is of the same sort as that found in the river bed."
Hard to be too sure, because I only really use natural stones.Very nice collection. What would you say is the effective synthetic equivalent grit range is from coarsest to finest?
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