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Dan's Whetstone Natural Arkansas Stones

These 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 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.