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Are Arkansas Still Still Good For Sharpening?

Posted by jasonstone20 
Are Arkansas Still Still Good For Sharpening?
June 30, 2017 08:31AM
This question was rasied on BladeForums recently:

[www.bladeforums.com]

Cliff has shown that indeed the stones do cut if conditioned properly:
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I myself have found that I can sharpen steeles with high carbides(440C/D2/S30V/Elmax) with using Arkansas stones, and I get the same results as any other sharpening stone I have. If your stones are worn, you will end up with the stones not cutting and you losing slicing aggression. The Arkansas stones also work best when a coarse Al0 or SiC has done the heavy lifting. After that, you can just go to the Soft Arkansas to resharpen the blade when it dulls.

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Re: Are Arkansas Still Still Good For Sharpening?
June 30, 2017 07:47PM
People who don't think so don't understand abrasives on a really basic level. They likely don't understand that if you don't condition hones you are comparing a blunt knife to a sharp one and then making conclusions about geometry (i.e. you are doing it wrong).
Re: Are Arkansas Still Still Good For Sharpening?
April 12, 2018 10:38AM
I really prefer Arkansas Stones for sharpening, they leave a beautiful finish and are great for setting the apex, and they should last a lifetime.

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"Gotta love living in 2019 baby, (63rc too soft on a production knife)"
--Shawn Houston
__
"I am still discussing issues of steels and performance at this stage."
--Cliff Stamp
__
"Cause geometry cuts, .....steel determines the level and the duration"
--Roman Landes
__
"But in general, I'm all about high performance, Ergos, safety. That's why I've been accused of 'designing in the dark' "
--Sal Glesser
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StoneSharpEdges

Jason D. Stone on YouTube
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