I would say this is probably one of the hardest of the tru-stone blanks. These will heat up quickly, so water may be helpful in controlling heat while working. Sharp tools and patience are a must on this one.
The standard Chilean Lapis has specs of white in them. But, we had a lot of special requests for this color to not have any white in it. So, we custom ordered some without the white. So below you will see two options, one as the standard with white, and the second type is without the white.
Pen by Jon David Jones, Signature Pen Company www.signaturepenco.com (Thanks Jon!)
The above pen is using the standard Chilean Lapis with White
Shown at top is the standard Chilean Lapis with White. At the bottom of the photo is shown plain Chilean Lapis w/o White
The photo below is from older stock but this is similar to what the type 2 would look like without white.
Pen by: Richard DeArment - www.de-luxedesigns.com