Arkansas or India stone?

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Forum topic by Brett posted 12-03-2011 07:05 AM 1643 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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12-03-2011 07:05 AM

I’m selling an old sharpening stone online that is mainly black, but has a hint of tan, brown, or orange. How can I tell if it is an Arkansas stone or an India stone? Are there tests I can perform to find out? The specific gravity is about 2.27, which falls in the Soft Arkansas range, but I don’t know the specific gravity of an India stone for comparison.

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#1 posted 12-03-2011 05:43 PM

It looks like a dirty India to me. I don’t think that shade of orange is a naturally occurring color. Is the other side black/grey? Then it would definitely be a combo stone.
You could try cleaning it for a better look, and perhaps an easier sell.

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