Pros: Effectiveness, Ease of Use
This stone is a little softer than the white hard Arkansas that I am used to, but it is still a nice and handy stone. It is fine enough to give a nice, fine-grained sheen to a sword blade, as well as a sharp edge. I was a little surprised when, on a more angled stroke, I was able to raise dust off the stone, which I was using dry at that time. This indicates some softness. Still, this stone was economically priced, it gives an edge not much different from my older stone, and it seems to hold up well (finishing the steel far more than eroding the stone) if I don't actually cut into it. I'm very satisfied with what this stone is and does, even if it doesn't seem quite as dense as the hard white that my dad bought me in 1968.