Quarried by hand in small numbers, and far more rare than the Zulu Grey, the Silkvein hone is a beautifully figured natural finishing stone from the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. The stone has a wonderfully chatoyant network of white ‘veins’ running throughout (hence the name). The stone can be either a medium grey or purple/grey colour. It is best described as a ‘pre-polisher’ (8-10k equivalent) and is a wonderful complimentary stone to the Zulu Grey (Silkvein > ZuluGrey > Strop). It can however be quite successfully used entirely as a finishing hone prior to clean stropping. It is a softer stone – certainly much softer than the Zulu Grey, and raising a thick slurry is quite simple. The stone is of course a natural product and as such each hone has an inherently unique appearance, though the Silkvein is far more uniform in appearance from hone to hone, than the Zulu Grey is.