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    Questions about natural stones

    I've just recently gootten into using natural finishing stones. It's been hard to find information on them though. I was wondering what it means when a
    Stone has a toxic line. I'm assuming it doesn't litterally mean toxic but I really have no idea. I bought I a stone on eBay that seemed like a really good deal and right after I bought it I noticed it said it had a toxic line. Was it a bad buy?
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    I beleive the term refers to something in the stone that is harder than the stone itself and may damage whatever you are sharpening.

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    they are parts of the stone where it scratches instead of sharpening... mineral deposits and whatnot. Sometimes even small pebbles.

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    Somone more experienced may correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure that a 'toxic line' refers to an inclusion in the stone that is harder than the surrounding stone, and can therefore scratch the finish of a knife whilst polishing. They can sometimes be 'scratched out' of the stone using a hard carbide point.

    Maxim's JNS wiki is a great place to start reading about jnats, but I'm not sure if those articles cover this issue or not.

    I guess you should just try out the stone on a knife that you don't mind getting scratched first to work out how harsh the inclusion is.

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    Do what maxum did when he found he got a toxic inclusion. He turned it into some finger stones.
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    I'd try digging it out. If it's not too big, it won't matter. Got pics?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crothcipt View Post
    Do what maxum did when he found he got a toxic inclusion. He turned it into some finger stones.
    +1. Finger stones for long time. Assuming you can't 'repair' it anyways...
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    One of my stones has a toxic line, it is not really a big issue on my stone. The line does not wear as quickly as the rest of stone, so I have to occasionally cut the line out with an Xacto when the stone wears to the line.

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    Here's some pics. It's a Nakayama Suita. Name:  image.jpg
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Size:  10.6 KB. If anyone knows how and if it can be repaired please let me know.
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    looks like you got a bunch of quartzite lines all over it. finger stones maybe the answer here. try it out on a beater and found out what happens.
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