View Full Version : Arkansas black surgical stones

10-18-2012, 02:21 PM
I was thinking about picking one up. For those that have used them, what's your opinion?

10-18-2012, 03:06 PM
While they don't hog metal off like a water stone does, they do leave a very nice finish. I use mine more for wood working tools, though.

10-18-2012, 04:22 PM
Here's something I stumbled across one day and tool a picture of. It's public knowledge, so I think it's ok to post....


10-18-2012, 04:44 PM
so what he is asking about would be the Arkansas hard black?

10-18-2012, 04:50 PM
FWIW I have a Norton 4k and love it. Great feel and cuts well for it's grit. Not as buttery as a Rika 5k, but still gives me that knife knerd satisfaction when using it. Sorry if off topic. I'm assuming you're talking about the Arkansas black 4k referred to in the chart. Just saw the Norton next to it and had to show it some love :)

10-18-2012, 05:24 PM
Looks like they left a 0 off that first Sigma 1000x.

I've tried a couple Black Arkansas stones on knives and couldn't really tell (by sight or feel) that they were doing anything at all. It was kind of like trying to sharpen on marble.

10-18-2012, 06:04 PM
I always guestimated that my Arkansas black stone was around 4k - interesting to see I was probably right.

Pensacola Tiger
10-18-2012, 06:11 PM
A good article on Arkansas stones by our friend Boar de Laze is on his blog: