On Thu, 16 Sep 2004 01:12:08 -0500, Australopithecus scobis
Yes, not impressed.
They handle like a natural Japanese stone, but are much cheaper.
"Natural Japanese" isnt necessarily a good thing, as they can be
awkward to work with - the synthetic waterstones are easier.
The problem with these coticule stones is "wolf" grains - outsize
grains that cause scratches. They're equal to a _very_
For woodworking they're usable, but more trouble and slower cutting
than a mid-price synthetic waterstone like a King. For sword
polishing (why I was using them) they're just not reliable enough and
there's too much risk of screwing up the work you've already done.
If you want a fine waterstone at a good price, I suggest a North
Mountain rather than a King. Kings are a bit soft.