Black and Translucent Arkie?

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Apart from the colour, what are the difference between a Translucent and a Black Arkansas stone? Which do you prefer?

Just got me a Norton black bench stone, was wondering if it's as good compare the translucent one?

Thanks,
akee
 
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They're generally viewed as being the same grade of stone, just different colors. I've read a post where Newt Livesay said the black stones are better, and once A.G. Russell wrote that he'd found that the black stones, by weight/volume to be a slightly finer grade. I think when you get to that level you won't notice much difference. There is also a bit of overlap with the stone qualities in regards to color. I have a gray, non-translucent arkansas stone that's at least as fine as my black one.

BTW where did you get your Norton black arkansas? I can't find any on the net.
 
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