DEFINITION: Honing is a process of refining the surface of natural stone by removing small amounts of material to achieve a smooth, matte finish. This is done using a honing machine that uses abrasives, such as diamond pads, to grind and polish the stone surface. Honing is typically used on natural stones such as marble, limestone, travertine, and granite, to remove scratches, etch marks, and other surface damage. The honing process produces a smooth, even finish that enhances the natural color and texture of the stone. Honing can also be used to prepare the stone surface for further polishing or to create a more slip-resistant surface for flooring applications. The level of honing can vary depending on the desired finish and the type of stone being honed.