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Genuine Arkansas Black Surgical (Ultra Fine) Knife Sharpening Bench Stone Whetstone 8" x 2" x 1/2" in Wood Box BAB-82-C

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  • Black Surgical Arkansas sharpening stone is 8 inches long by 2 inches wide by 12 inch thick
  • This is the hardest of the Arkansas stones and will hone a polished, very sharp razor sharp edge
  • Color can vary from dark grey, to blue/black to black.
  • Genuine Arkansas stone is 100% quarried in the Ouachita Mountains of Central Arkansas
  • Come in a fitted wooded box to protect when not in use.


Black Surgical Arkansas (Ultra Fine): This is the hardest of the Arkansas
stones and was traditionally used to sharpen dental tools and scalpels, hence
the name "Surgical." The Black Arkansas will hone a polished, very sharp razor
sharp edge on knives and tools. Black Arkansas stones are used by the most
discerning chefs, sportsman and woodworkers. Color can vary from dark grey, to
blue/black to black. Genuine Arkansas stones are 100% quarried in the Ouachita
Mountains of central Arkansas. They are highly sought after worldwide for
their superior ability to sharpen knives and woodworking tools, as well as to
put surgical quality edges on a wide variety of instruments Arkansas stones
produce these fine edges s with less wear that man-made stones. Arkansas
stones are classified as Novaculite, which is extremely hard and fine grained
rock containing almost pure silica. These stones are classified in 4 grades
and progress from Soft to Hard to Translucent and finally to Black. Each grade
is based on the specify gravity or density of the mineral and not the grit
or particle size. The grades with more dense or tightly packed particles will
produce a finer or sharper edge. In addition, stone grades are not determined
by color, as color alone will not differentiate the hardness of different
stone grades. Each grade may contain any of the following colors: black, blue-
black, charcoal, grey, white, multi-color, brown, pink or red, or a
combination of these colors in a single stone. All Arkansas stones work best
with light mineral honing oil to suspend the metal particles produced by the
sharpening process which prevents clogging of the pores of the stone. These
stones come in a fitted wooded box to protect them when not in use.