The deposit that yields these stones has been quarried for hundreds of years and produces some of the finest hones in the world. The quarry yields a 4000 grit blue stone and an 8000 grit yellow stone called “coticule”. The Celis family helped us re-introduce these fine stones into the U.S. after a hiatus of almost 60 years. The honing agent is garnet crystals which grew in a metamorphosed mud (phyllite) base. A little softer than Japanese stones and faster cutters than Arkansas or other silica-based stones. They have been the choice for barbers honing straight razors for hundreds of years.

The Belgian stones are available in two overall grades, Standard and Select. We only sell Select grade as we have found differences between the two grades that exceed cosmetics. We only use Select grade stones for our own metal work.

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