Water of Ayr Stone (Tam o Shanter) 130 x 25mm (1") - TW3025
Water of Ayr Stone or 'Tam O’Shanter Hones' is a fine abrasive stone that can be shaped using your saw or file so as to able to get into hard to reach places.It's unparalleled in it's ability to remove fire-stain, excess solder and polishing without the risk of gouging.It's no longer mined so there is an ever dwindling supply.
The Water of Ayr and Tam O Shanter Honeworks Limited. AyrshireOpened in 1789 and still retailing old stock. Produced the Tam O Shanter and Water of Ayr Hones, which are also known as Scotch or Snakestones. Also retailed hones from other quarries including the Dalmore Blue from Craiksland Quarry and a fine stone from the Meikladale Mine. The Dalmore Yellow is a coarse stone, sold under the trade name Mikado, but I haven’t been able to find out anything more about it’s provenance, aside from the fact that it was retailed by the honeworks at a price of approximately 2/3 rds that of the TOS. There is some confusion as to the distinction between the the TOS and WOA stones, as both were sold under the same name early on. WOA is now considerded to apply to the darker, finer stones and TOS refers to the speckled stone. There is also a variant of the TOS, that is sold as the White Tam O Shanter. Also sold stones for “special purposes” under the names of “Montgomeriestone Hone” and “Soutar Johnny Stone.”The Dalmore Blue was rated as Medium, Tam O’ Shanter as fine, and Water of Ayr as very fine. Some people shave off of the Tam O’ Shanter, while the very fine Water of Ayr was designated for razors.
This stone is roughly cut and may be chipped in places. Do not expect a perfectly formed item as this product is extremely hard to obtain. Limited stocks available.