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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:

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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.

"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
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.

"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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