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Excuse my ignorance but what in the world does the asterisk after a facing mean
as in:

" usually stock sizes 7, 7*, 8 & 8* "

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Its usually denotes a half step between two numbers. 7* is halfway between a 7 and an 8.

On Links a 7 is a .100 while an 8 is .110. A 7* is a .105.

There are occasions with some vintage models where I am told it has more to do with the type of facings. That is a less common use for the *.
 

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Brilhart used * to mean "same tip, shorter curve." Facing properly means only the curve.
 

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Claude Lakey uses it as a spacer of sorts between notaions. Example: 7*3 vs 8*3. Same tip opening, different chamber size (they also have some 4*4 as well). They are an odd example.

Most use a variation on the Link sizing though (but one brand's 6* may be another brand's 3* or 9).

Aaron Drake uses a Link system for comparison, but engraves the actual tip size into the piece.
 
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