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    Default Candia stone

    After some messaging with a friend, I post here some pics of my Candia stone. I read it comes from Crete. I found an online source rating its grit 1000-1500 ca. and suggesting its use with oil. I'm still lapping it, so I can't describe my experiences with this stone. What I can say now is that it has a very strong smell of.. flowers/soap ( ). Dimensions: 5 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 1 1/8 in (13,5 x 6 x 3 cm).

    EDIT: link to a previous discussion mentioning this hone (15th post).

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    Detail 1 (1 1/2 x 1 1/2 in):
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    Last edited by clavichord; 08-08-2009 at 06:16 PM.

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    nice, do post the results on the trial run to see how it works.

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    Fede how does the hone behave?

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    same as drunk person .you let it go it cuts fast take pressure out slows down. Edge comes out sharp (this confuses me) but with saw tooth. if you use 2.5 grit paste after stone it evens out the edge.

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    I found this source, which groups it with Arkansas stones and says this about it:

    NATURAL STONE"Vera Candia"
    The origin of the name "Candia" comes from the island of Candia (today's Crete). This stone has been in use already by the natives of Greece, being particularly suitable for sharpening blades and cut-off tools. Thanks to the finest granulation of its quartz particles, the stone is particularly indicated for sharpening bistoury and razor-blades and all kind of blades, where a professional finishing is desire..."

    If that is so, then, like Arkansas stones and others, grit ratings don't really apply and it could be a much higher grit rating than is suggested, depending on whether it can be graded like the novaculites from soft to hard.

    I'd be interested in your findings...


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