Welsh slate is a wonderfully consistent high quality natural sharpening stone that is often used as a benchmark by which other natural stones are measured and compared. They are only this affordable because of the huge roofing slate industry with its pre-existing mines and logistical connections, don’t be deceived into thinking that they can’t be both good and cheap – the quality is superb.
In straight razor terms Welsh slate is regarded as a ‘pre-finisher’, but for woodworking tools or kitchen applications it’s a very smooth final hone. Slate can be used with water, which is cleaner for kitchen use, but in the workshop with a little drop of penetrating oil it is absolutely sublime.
8” x 2” x 1/2”