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Monday Morning Mystery Photo

March 16, 2008


What is it?  Here is a hint: this element is often given as a gift.  Answer below the fold.

If you told your spouse you were going to give her 100,000 diamonds, would she be impressed?  How would she react if she unwrapped the package and this diamond whetstone was inside?  (click on the picture to see the whole “stone”)

The diamonds are industrially produced, and bonded to a steel plate.  It’s an extremely effective tool for sharpening a knife.  My dad used a variety of whetstones, always different grades of naturally occurring novaculite, with water or oil.  I wonder what he would have thought of a steel+diamond whetstone.

It is a necessity though.  Trying to sharpen a pocketknife made of 154cm alloy with novaculite would be an exercise in frustration.  (OK it would work but I wouldn’t have the patience for it) I am pretty sure my dad would have liked 154cm though.

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  1. March 23, 2008 at 07:27 | #1

    Well, this is just a wild-assed guess, but the name of the file says “diamond whetstone”. Do I get a prize or something?

    It seems KeesKennis grouped us together as fellow Left-leaners, so I came to visit. I like what you’re doing here and will return. Stop by sometime…

  2. March 23, 2008 at 21:57 | #2

    Welcome Winston! 

    the name of the file says “diamond whetstone”.

    Doh!  I knew someone would hack the quiz!!!

    Do I get a prize or something?

    You bet.  Just right-click on the picture and select “Save image as…” to download your free copy

    I’ll try to make the next quiz harder by, oh, not giving away the answer or something.

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