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Sal: Spydie Bench Stone query

Oct 3, 1998

I have a number of types of sharpening tools ranging from a classic Oregon bench stone (same as Norton but non-oil impregnated), Edge-Pro Apex-1, Spyderco Tri-Angle system, to an ultrafine 1200 grit Spydeco bench stone.

This fall I tried to obtain a 600 grit fine 8" Spyderco bench stone as well as a few pocket flat ceramic stones in medium and fine. All the retailers I contacted were out of stock and unable to get stock from their distributors. One told me that he understood that these were made for you by Coors and that there was some kind of production delay such that stock wouldn't be available until this spring.

Could you shed any light on what I was told regarding who makes your ceramics and if they (especially the 8" bench stones) are in fact in short supply?

Appreciate it!


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Bob - I'll check it out tomorrow. I know that our 5" "double stuff" is running behind because of the US Military account. I also know that our triangle Sharpmaker is running behind. sudden popularity? Will get back to you tomorrow.
I recently purchased 2 8" Sypderco stones (fine & ultra fine) from Ironstone in Golden, CO, (303) 279-8613. You are correct - I had a helluva time trying to find someone who stocked them. I called Spyderco and of all the sources they gave me, Ironstone was the only place that actually had them in stock! Good luck!
Bob - they're running through the system, just a few weeks behind. Some dealers have them, you might have to shop around a bit.