One of the items is called a Tamashanter stone or a Scotch stone. I
am not sure of the spelling.
Scotch stones are some sort of slate, I think. Soft stuff, very fine
grained. Used with water, it quickly wears down to conform to the
shape of the surface you’re working in, so it smooths well without
digging in. Good for minor clean jup, removal of solder scars, and
the like, especially in areas you can’t well reach with standard flex
shaft or other hand tools.
The used to be pretty standard, and most good tool suppliers carried
Then, so far as I know, the factory in Scotland burned to the
ground, and for a number of years they became unavailable.
Tevel, at Allcraft, used to carry them, and had connections. He
tells me he’s not sure how the guy he’s gotten them from over the
last few years obtains them. He joked to me at the SNAG conference
that he asked the guy if he was sneaking into the old quarry to mine
them at night or something. But he doesn’t know. For all I know, the
guy he’s now getting them from, in limited quantities, is still
connected to the original firm somehow. Doesn’t matter. The key
point is that Allcraft, in New York, still does carry them. I’ve
found no other sources in the U.S. You have to order the old
fashioned way, by telephone, rather than web site. But that’s OK.
Tevel’s a good guy, and his wife is just as good to deal with. He’s
got them. And his prices are generally as good or better than anyone
for the tools he carries. Which is quite a selection, with a number
of unusual things few others carry. Japanese traditional punches,
hammers, etc, keum-boo foil, weird stuff, european polishing
compounds, watchmakers files the size of sewing needles, and much
more. And one of the best selections of hammers and stakes you can
find, again all at great prices. But you do have to call. The only
real catalog of what they’ve got is in his head. They show the bulk
of their stock of hammers and stakes on line, and have a
simple/zeroxed catalog of that, but most of their stuff isn’t in a
No, I don’t work for him, unless you call this testimonial such a
thing… But over the years, I’ve bought quite a bit from him, always
at the SNAG conferences where I can actually see the toys he’s
brought, and find stuff I didn’t know I needed…
Hope that helps.