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    Thanks Dave. I used the same amount of torque (light) that I would use on a SB arkie. I saw very little discoloration of the Smith's after 100 laps.

    Reconstituted (LOL!) or not, my sample is very hard.
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    So I looked up reconstituted or engineered stones. Quite interesting.

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    I thought maybe some of them were engineered stones, too. For the price, I'm not sure that I care that much. I haven't received my second one yet, though.

    The first one that I have looks like a natural stone, though. It's got a bunch of inclusions in it that would suggest it, but you never know for sure.

    I'm going to sprinkle some 1/2 micron diamonds on it and see what it does. It's not like I need it as a finisher. I think the combination of the diamonds and the burnishing action of the stone might be interesting.
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    Mine took a couple of weeks to get here.

    I don't see any inclusions and it does sort of resemble marble.

    Same here, for $28, I'll play around with it. I've made much bigger financial mistakes LOL. Shoot, I've paid more than that for a bad lunch!
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    Mine came in the mail saturday. Not the same as the other green stone that I showed - it's harder feeling with more bite. I am in the process of breaking it in. It's something natural in terms of the particles, and without any significant pores, so I'm sure it has the potential to be a razor finisher.

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    I've got one on the way. I'm looking forward to trying it out.

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    No pictures yet, but I subjected mine to 5 more minutes of a japanese chisel back last night. The abrasive in these stones is something silica-ish because they easily cut soft steel, and they can't touch japanese steel (which is higher on the mohs scale than novaculite or silica - mohs silica/novaculite is somewhere in rc62 ballpark and the old japanese chisels are a few clicks harder than that, and some of the good new ones are). You might get a very slight gray tint in the oil with a good honest japanese chisel after 5 minutes of hard rubbing.

    I'd call it an 8k-ish shave at this point, but no harshness at all (without alumina or any kind of synthetic gemstones present, that's what you expect). I think I can drive this stone up into "no-cut-em-only-burnish-em" level with more work, but it does strike me as something that was made under pressure out of graded particles rather than being a friable natural stone. Who knows for sure, I don't. the other green one that I had (which I paid a lot more for) is an entirely different stone.

    This isn't a stone that you would lap on purpose once you have it settled in, it's fast until you beat it down. Still releasing a random particle here and there, but nothing that makes for a dealbreaker on a functional shaving edge.

    $27 worth of stone? Definitely, if you can condition it. As easy as getting a good trans or black ark to get to burnisher? No, but it should bet there with a half hour of work, and then stay there.
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    I received mine last week. It is the multi-green colored one. As far as I have pushed it on a Stainless Wapicopy; it is a super polishing finisher. Well above 8K but slow. Nice size to hold in my hand and hone. Finer than an HGH or Zulu, in my opinion.

    I would not bring any blade at less than 8K to this hone. I did lap and and slurry with a 1K diamond plate and it is a hard hone but frangible( chips easily.) The ends do have chipping at a couple corners.

    I have played a bit with naguras but school is out on those. I have a brown natural that is less than 8k that does make the stone cut faster but requires about a hundred strokes to remove the scratches.

    It seems a good hone to experiment upon.
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