Yeah it is described as a finishing stone, sucks that it is that soft. They have one that is rated by them as 1400, that is the one I bought, and it is really hard. Don't know the reason they call that a 1200 grit and this a 1400 grit other that they deem the 1400-stone finer. Abit laughable to put grit rating on natural stones, but maybe needed to get buyers.I purchased the 1,200 grit "black Arkansas" item number NW82HBL which I assume stands for Normal Width 8" (length) 2" (width) HARD BLack.
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It is listed as equivalent to 1,200 grit.
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Every single site says that a 1,200 grit black Arkansas stone should have a VERY high specific gravity (density) and that wasn't the case here.
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By all accounts and measures I should have received a VERY hard black Arkansas and that isn't what was sent. The scratch pattern I am getting is closer to 600 grit.
They do have a finer stone (according to them) which is finer than the 1200 black one, so a black at Dan's may be this 1400 stone at nwc.