A long time ago I posted about my life long search for a jade sharpening stone. I was finally able to track one down from a friend of a friend who has a cousin, who married a guy, whose brother works for an uncle who owns a jadeite mine in a country formerly know as B?rma. lol Or something like that. After I received it, My health kinda took a dump and the medical bills piled up and so on and so forth and I had to sell it.
Well, I was sitting here a week or so ago and read Steeley's post on jade knives, when it suddenly dawned on me. I know people from all over the world who supply me with stuff from all over the world. Steeley posted a few photos of Jade cove near Big Sur I believe and I remembered a guy who I used to trade Jade with back in the day and sent him an email and had him cut me some stones. Here is the first one, it is 98% pure jadeite from California. The color is a dark teal blue green with lighter veins running through it. It is heavy and rare. It is pretty hard 6.5-7 mohs . the grit I would put in the 10-12k range, so it would make a great finisher.
I have been using it all week and since I don't have a strop or felt, I give my knife a few passes on this stone and its almost a 100% back to original. The first time I used it , I barely touched my finger and it split open like a grape. It is found in creek beds and the ocean, you can perma-soak it or use it as a splash and go as water doesn't penetrate it. You can even use it dry. It feels like glass.
weight 2.46 lbs. or 1140 something grams
I like it so much I am having him cut me a couple of more when he has time.