The Silkvein stone also originates from the KZN province of South Africa and is quite a bit softer than its cousin the Zulu. The apperance of the stone is brown/orange/purple and most of them have light grey lines running through the stone in mainly one direction, with little deviation in terms of swirls or curls.
This stone is considered to be a pre-finisher and would make a great stone as a pre-set for the Zulu or as a mid range stone in your progression when using other whetstones.
The Sikvein is a very soft stone, it does not need a lot of work to get the brownish slurry to show itself, for this reason we do not offer a small slurry stone with this range, one can quite easily use the razor or some other fine abrasives/stones to raise a slurry.
As with all natural stones there are many variables, and no two stones are alike in appearance. The stone composition will never be quite the same as any other, there may be natural cavities, surface cracks or edges that are not perfect, but all stones are purpose ready. The stones have been lapped and are flat and ready to be used, even though there may be some marks, spots or various textures on the working surface. There will be no critical structural defects on any of these stones, and all stones will deliver many years, or decades worth of honing. All stones have been flattened by means of an Atoma #140 on a rotating disc, and then dressed again with an Atoma #1200. There might very well be marks and scratches from this process that will work away as the stone gets used over time.
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Product of KZN, South Africa. Size 200x75x25 to 30mm. Weight 1000 to 1350 grams