Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! Recently, I decided I wanted to replace a long-ago broken black Arkansas stone. I'd always dealt with Hall's in the past but they retired/sold out and I was all too sure how I felt about the new company so I did some looking around. I'm obviously quite familiar with Dan's and the offerings at Sharpening Supplies but in my searching I came across the Natural Whetstone Company. Seemed like a small outfit but with a lot of offerings. I have to admit the prices made me skeptical. They were quite a bit cheaper than what I was seeing elsewhere, like in some cases a LOT cheaper, so I was concerned about the quality of their stones. I did some searching about the company, including here, and didn't come up with much of anything so I said to heck with it and gave them a call precisely to ask about their stone quality. The gentleman I spoke with was friendly and confident in their product. Not in a salesman way, just in a matter-of-fact way, so I decided to throw some money down and see what I got. Late Thursday night, I ordered an 8x3 Soft/Black combo stone. Friday morning I received an email saying a USPS shipping label had been created. But then, I didn't get any updates after that. Not even anything saying it had arrived at a post office for processing. Well, that must've been the postal service's issue because by Monday afternoon I had my stone. That's from Arkansas to Washington state in four days! The product is excellent as well. The black stone is at least as good as the older, smaller ones I have around here from Hall's and one from a long time ago from who knows where. At any rate, my experience was very positive and I will be doing business with them again. I don't know if others have had similar or maybe even worse experiences but wanted to share mine. I have zero affiliation with them and also hope this isn't in the wrong place or anything.