A Shearing Shed sharpening stone

Chigger

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Years ago was given this stone which came from a disused shearing shed. When the shears became dulled the shearers would give the stone a wet most likely by a spit and give their shears a rub.

Some scrape marks from the shears can be seen at the edge of the stone. Have used this stone at times to give a touch up polish on a dulled knife to restore the edge.

Works a treat and can put a very fine edge on the blade.

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Chigger

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That's a good artefact and in excellent condition for its age, even has a sharpening stone as part of the sheath. Shearers are self employed contractors and did a lot of travelling hence the belt loop.

The stone I have is from the mechanical era shears.

This video is American could not find a Aussie one but it shows the young lady sharpening her shears with exactly the same stone as in the sheath you have. Then clipping the wool of the sheep with the shears.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L62EmEsacEY
 
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