Following on from my review of the Arctic Fox whetstone, a customer pointed me in the direction of another fine synthetic whetstone.
It’s made in Czechoslovakia from carborundum.
And it’s a case-in-point about my quibble with the level of quality that comes from synthetic manufacturers given that you can control all the variables in synthetics.
It’s not even really a canoe shape – there are distinct ‘corners’ on the stone. It also suffers from the slightly concave edge profile I mentioned in the Arctic Fox review.
However, with the same lapping treatment I gave the Fox, it becomes a useful stone. It’s not as fine as the Arctic Fox, and it’s softer, but it’s still the finest synthetic stone I’ve used, other than the Arctic Fox.
The following pic is 304 stainless attacked with this stone and a Tassie Tiger. It’s from my sub-par mobile phone camera with blown highlights, but it’s good enough to show that the carborundum has a much more aggressive scratch pattern (but it’s less aggressive than the coarse synthetics).
It’s another stone to add to the list of available scythe stones, so in case it’s of use to anyone (especially in Europe), the company’s product listing can be found here: http://www.narextools.cz/en/sharpening-stone-for-scythe-8950