Word is trickling in and my customers are loving the 1k>mid-range>Apache Red>Apache Strata progression!
THIS ONE HAS A VERY TINY CRACK ON THE LONG END. If this bothers you, please do not purchase this hone. The crack affects nothing because it is on the very edge–purely aesthetics. I just didn’t want to lose any length because of a tiny crack, so I didn’t grind it off. It will not get worse over time.
Description: Apache Red natural honing stone. This is a pre-finishing and finishing stone that can be used with water alone–no slurry needed; but great with slurry though! Use a nagura slurry stone or a DMT/diamond hone to generate slurry. The slurry is rich pink/reddish and cuts nicely.
FAIR WARNING about using this after a Coticule: Don’t do it. This will probably take your progression backwards, disappointing you. Use this hone for the 4k-7k slot in your progression. Then finish with a Coticule or Apache Strata or other finishers. Some guys are so good that they can shave off of the Red, but for the average honer, you should probably use this as a pre-finisher.
Surface preparation: I used a 10″ very coarse/coarse DMT to get this lapped nice and flat. I used pencil marks twice to check true flatness, so I assure you, it’s flat. I slightly chamfered the edges of the face to reduce accidental scratching.
Grit: Estimated 7000 – 10000? Hard to say on a natural.
Size: approximately 5.3″ x 2.75″ x 9/16″
Weight: 10.5 oz.
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