Used hone. VERY used. But not for 1000 years.

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  1. Sep 12, 2018 #1

    SaladApe

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    ...But not for about 1000 years.
    This is a probably 11th Century hone I picked up the other day on our local moors in southwest England. It's made of a fine-grained stone and I think would originally have looked like this - https://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts/record/id/86147 - although the perforated end snapped off and that's probably why its Saxon owner lost it. Next to my Hattori HD 100mm parer for scale:
    I found it next to an ancient ford. It's always a strange feeling to hold something that hasn't been in another human hand for perhaps a millenium.
     
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    I do not have permission to view those.Hummm!
     
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    Me too. We must be lower class members ;)
     
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    Speak for yourself.I take a bath once a month weather I need it or not.:eek:
     
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    Damn! Sorry everyone, I had the album settings wrong. Should be fixed now.
     
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    There ya go,now it works.Nice looking stone.Great catch.
     
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    Oh come on, it's not a stone unless we have a pic of the slurry, and end result finish on a knife ... :)

    But seriously, nice find. Any ideas what the stone is? Some kind of granite? Is there similar rocks around, or is it likely to have been traded from elsewhere?
     
  8. Sep 14, 2018 #8

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    I've done a bit of research and I think it might be Norwegian ragstone, so traded from Scandinavia into England. Don't think I haven't been tempted with the slurry...:)
     
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    That's amazing!
     
  11. Sep 14, 2018 #11

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    Thank you, Childermass: that's absolutely fascinating. I'm pretty sure my stone is the Eidsborg type - a quartz-mica schist. Amazing journey, from Norway to Devon in the 1000s.
     

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