Arkansas Stone 8" x 3" x 1/2" Set, 3 piece
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These are the finest of the natural stones, known the world over for their unique crystalline structure. True novaculite, these stones remove less metal than manmade stones and polish while...
This kit includes the following items:
- Hard Arkansas Stone 8" x 3" x 1/2", Black
- Soft Arkansas Stone, 8" x 3" x 1/2"
- Arkansas Stone, 8" x 3" x 1/2"
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- Sets includes the full range of grits – Washita, soft and hard.
- Hardwood storage boxes included.
When these arrived a few months ago, it was a nice surprise that the ones Woodcraft sent me turned out to be Dan's Whetstone and not Pinnacle branded as on the picture. The stones were top quality. I'm not sure about the Washita labeling on one of them - it lacks a bit in both the coarse and fine range compared to an old Washita, but is good as a second Soft Arkansas. All the stones were well lapped. The thickness differed a bit, but I'd rather have that than imperfections left in and not ground out. The black stone in particular is exceptional. By varying the pressure, it handles the entire range from fine to mirrorlike, which would require a set of 3-4 waterstones and much mess. Alone, that one is worth the price of the entire set.
These stones are not nearly what I thought they wood be. Upon opening them I found that they were not cut square or flat on either face, but two were slightly thicker than advertised. Before I could use them I needed to flatten one face of each stone. So using sand paper and mineral spirits on a granite slab I went to work and it was not to dificult on the soft stones, only a few houres and lots of sand paper($). The real problem was the hard black stone it was the least flat and being harder it took a lot of work. once flat they worked ok and as the hard stone became seasoned it worked better but not as expected. the problem with Arkansas stones is that they are not actually different grit and color has nothing to do whith it, the diference is in the dinsity of the stone and how tight the crystal structure is. sice this I have purchased two new stones a hard black and a hard translucent from other sorces and they are far superior. I still use them but it took $ and time to make them work and they are not a good finish stone for fine hand tools.
save your money and time and invest more wisely in a water stone and a strop. This product is great for what it is, however you could save a lot of time and possibly money using a 1200 grit water stone and a strop - and have much better results.
Junior's First Stone Set
I bought this modest set of stones for my first foray into "proper" sharpening (the sandpaper-on-glass method got real old, real fast). For the beginner, this set offers the best bang for the buck. So far, I've used these stones to put an edge on my wood chisels, and to salvage two vintage Stanley bench planes from the local antique shop. Very pleased with the results, in both cases -- nice and sharp. And even without the labeled wooden cases, the color of each stone distinguishes it from the others, so you know which is which. Only two complaints: (1) The wooden cases are chintzy, not to mention oversized; the stones rattle around inside, and the tops slip right off. (2) One of the stones in my set -- the Surgical Black -- was not cut perfectly flat/level. The sharpening surface slopes to the side at about a 10-degree angle. Not necessarily a deal-breaker, but it does make it somewhat tricky to hold a blade to the stone at the correct angle. So, not your top-of-the-line sharpening stones, but like I said, a good set for the beginner.
[...] Just starting to use them and pleased with the results.
THE GRIT EMBOSSED ON THE EDGE OF EACH STONE WOULD BE GREAT!
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