I have found a new source for Sodalite that looks to be acceptable for use as knife scales. This Sodalight from Namibia is much finer grained than the Brazilian stone and the colors are patterned much nicer than the Brazilian Sodalite. I did a test polish on a small piece and it took a polish as good as Dumortierite but with a lot less texture to the stone so it is very promising as a new addition to my inventory. I bought a very large piece that weighed 34 pounds and it has absolutely no fractures! Almost all stone has fractures so to get a piece this big that has not a single fracture is just awesome from my perspective. It makes the layout so much more fun as I just get to look for patterns that catch my eye and I don't have to compromise for faults in the stone. All 17 sets of preforms were cut from these four slabs! So, if all goes well I will get a couple of test knives done in my next group that I hope to start before gong to the Madras show on June 26 - 27. Let me know what you think - This big piece has some really colorful peach colored sections caused by a mix of pink Analcime and yellow Cancrinite running through it. The white is Ankerrite.