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Re: Galley counter top material

Originally Posted by poopdeckpappy View Post
Another alternative is soapstone (saratoga soapstone) kinda in between a corian and granite, very elegant looking
Soapstone varies quite a bit in composition, but it can be very soft: as low as about 2 on the Moh scale (fingernails, 2.5 Mohs, can scratch it). However, the soapstone used for countertops is usually a bit harder, at around 4 to 5 Mohs (slightly harder than Corian, which is usually about 3.5 Mohs). Still pretty easily scratched, particularly in a place as busy as a sailboat cabin.

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