I recently acquired a decent sized Escher stone off eBay. This is my first Escher and Iím quite satisfied with the size and condition. It measures about 8Ē x 2.75Ē x1.10Ē. It looks liked someone tried to do a little breadknifing on it and it doesnít look like itís been lapped in a couple of decades, so it is going to require a bit of lapping. Iím planning to start with sandpaper and will finish on a 300 DMT. What size grit should I start with and how high should I go before I hit it with the DMT? Other than washing part of the stone down the sink, is the any advantage or disadvantage in lapping both the top and the bottom? (The Escher label is on the lid of its wooden box.)
Once the Escher is properly lapped, what should I use as a slurry stone? I hate the idea of cutting of an inch off the end, even though itís probably long enough to do so. I have a couple of Coticule bouts. What about using one of them as a slurry stone?
Thanks in advance for your help and suggestions.