The simplest answer is it's a type of, or related stone to, Arkansas stones. Washitas are effectively one stone on a spectrum from softest and coarsest to hardest and finest, with hard black Arks at the opposite end.Osvaldd":1emvvwto said:p.s. what is washita?
It is with about as close to 100% certainty as I could have. It has all of the characteristics of a washita (where as some that are purely waxy looking solid could be a trans or hard ark, and the ones that are pure white could be a soft arkansas from another area).Osvaldd":uii817ge said:p.s. what is washita?
There's no really good gauge regarding the performance of soft arkansas because they can really come from any mine. The true washita stones from the pike mine are pretty uniform other than density. They have the same cutting properties and are different than anything else.Ttrees":asig1rq0 said:How good is a soft arkansas in your view David?
In your video "various types of oilstones" you don't mention soft arks, but mention other things one might mistake
for the washita.
This I find curious, as the soft arks look a lot closer to the washita to me, than the other ones you mention.
Having searched google for a looong time, I find about two pictures of a labeled soft arkansas stone,
with nobody talking about them.
Ah, Perhaps not a slate then as they're basically one colour throughout without any speckling. I think a Dalmore Blue stone has white specks in it though.Osvaldd":zy0y49v4 said:It's dark grey, perhaps a little blue-ish. There are little shiny white specks in the stone as well.