Thanks to all the great suggestions, tips, and ideas I got in response to my post, I may have found a reasonable replacement for my Grandmother’s aging tool. Turns out what I’m looking for is called a carborundum stone. Well of course, knowing that would have made my searching much more fruitful. Because once I copy and pasted that word into Google, I got all kinds of results. One of which was an eBay auction of three different sharpening stones. The tricky part with these old stones is being able to figure out if they are coarse, medium, fine, or a combination. Two of the ones in the lot I won were described as being combination. So maybe Grandma gets one and I get the other?
I seriously could not have solved this problem without everyone who commented on the blog or emailed me directly:
Lara – Your email brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for your spirit.
Emily – It was your reference to carborundum that pulled all the pieces together.
Beth – Unfortunately the folks at Lombard Hardware weren’t able to solve this problem but they really tried to be helpful. Best of all, they sharpen knives with same day turnaround. So when I can’t get to Frank’s in Hamilton, I can try Lombard.
Elizabeth – I’ll let you know how it goes with these stones in case you want to try and get one for your kitchen.