Honed finish has a matte or satin finish for a softer, more subdued look, achieved by filling the pores of the rough saw-cut surface through treating and grinding the surface using some polishing abrasive stones stopping just short of the last stage of polishing.
Honing fades out the color while maintaining the stone’s natural look
Has the same durability of a traditional polished finish, but requires more frequent resealing
Highly susceptible to fingerprints and watermarks, which are quickly noticeable to the naked eye.
Applications: Honed is good choice for flooring, stair treads, thresholds and other high traffic areas which would wear out a polished finished. Preferred finish for locations where the presence of water might make a polished finish too slippery.