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What a shame, such a beautiful stone and now it's broken.

kinematic

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Last week a new guy joined the team of carpenters at the yard I work at and I noticed he also has a coticule. I recognized it as a Les Latneuses (5x15cm) because of the hybrid side and the speed, there was no doubt about it. Yesterday when we left the boat we were working on at the end of the day he accidentally dropped it from 2,5 meters high and now there are only small pieces left. What a shame of such a great stone.
 

Smythe

Well-Known Member
:cry: Oh man that's not good... it's not like you can go get another one from the mine... i don't think they will find another Les Latneuses layer any time soon.

On the up side he could glue it back together again, I read somewhere that tile glue can be used to join the two pieces together and lap it flat, the glue at the joint is non abrasive but will allow the two pieces to act as one stone... then he could make a fitted wooden box to hold the stone when in use like they did in the old days.
 

JimR

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This is something I'd like to try, but I don't want to HAVE to try it.

When I was in Kyoto, a third generation hone dealer showed me how he repaired broken stones.

First, fit the stones together and tape them on the top and bottom. Then, lacquer the edges like people tend to do on Japanese stones (you can use Urushi, or cashew, or another thick, sealing lacquer). Put on 1 layer, then wrap with tissue paper, and do another layer. Let that dry for a day or two, then repeat. Do this 4 times or so. This will make the stone as strong as new, without the need to glue the break itself. According to him, the unevenness of the texture at the glue can cause problems in the proper release of new particles in the slurry.

Of course, it takes a good month or so, according to him.
 

danjared

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JimR said:
This is something I'd like to try, but I don't want to HAVE to try it.

When I was in Kyoto, a third generation hone dealer showed me how he repaired broken stones.

First, fit the stones together and tape them on the top and bottom. Then, lacquer the edges like people tend to do on Japanese stones (you can use Urushi, or cashew, or another thick, sealing lacquer). Put on 1 layer, then wrap with tissue paper, and do another layer. Let that dry for a day or two, then repeat. Do this 4 times or so. This will make the stone as strong as new, without the need to glue the break itself. According to him, the unevenness of the texture at the glue can cause problems in the proper release of new particles in the slurry.

Of course, it takes a good month or so, according to him.

That's some pretty intense work. Isn't the lacquer they use supposed to be very caustic?
 

Bart

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kinematic said:
Last week a new guy joined the team of carpenters at the yard I work at and I noticed he also has a coticule. I recognized it as a Les Latneuses (5x15cm) because of the hybrid side and the speed, there was no doubt about it. Yesterday when we left the boat we were working on at the end of the day he accidentally dropped it from 2,5 meters high and now there are only small pieces left. What a shame of such a great stone.
A truly sad story. That is the downside of natural hones. One grows accustomed and attached to one, and there's just no replacing with exactly the same, as you can with a man-made tool. I will keep my eyes open for Les Latneuses when I go to Ardennes in less than 2 weeks.

Kind regards,
Bart.
 

BlueDun

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Bart said:
I will keep my eyes open for Les Latneuses when I go to Ardennes in less than 2 weeks.

Bart.

Plz think of your honorable SHITCA member when looking for a la Latneuse ... :blush: :-/ :p
And don't forget to ask Maurice about the weird backings I have on my cotis

Cheers
BlueDun
proud SHITCA member
 

kinematic

Well-Known Member
Bart said:
I will keep my eyes open for Les Latneuses when I go to Ardennes in less than 2 weeks.

Kind regards,
Bart.

He's actually a good friend of mine. I've worked with him on several shipyards during the last 15 years. We just keep running in to each other. He also has his birthday coming up in 1,5 month so it would be cool if I could suprise him with a new one. He didn't even have his Les Latneuses that long because the last time I saw him he still had a synthetic hone.
 
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