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Sharpening Stones


Oil Stones

  • All oil stones, natural or synthetic, are porous in natures. The presence of oil on the surface is required to keep the pores open, thereby permitting the stone to work effectively to suspend metal and abrasive particles from the stone’s cutting surface. Oil applies to the surface is, however absorbed into the stone and tends to pass out the underside. To offset this absorption, these oil stones are pre-filled with an oil at the factory. This exclusive quality feature retards loading, saves time, and eliminated the necessity of pre-soaking the stone prior to use.
  • Arkansas Stones, because of their dense construction, absorb oil at a much slower rate. Hence, these stones do not require oil pre-filling during manufacture. However, a few drops of Norton oils should be applies prior to use.
  • Manmade/Synthetic Stones are manufacturer with abrasives graded to a consistent particle side, blended with selected bonding agents, molded to shape, and finished to exacting surface configurations.
  • Crystolon stones, manufacturer with silicone carbide abrasives, are the best choice for quick sharpening where the speed in producing the edge is more important than the fineness of the cutting edge. Grey in color. Available in coarse, medium and fine grits.
  • India Stones are quarried from the finest Ozark novaculite ( silicon quartz) deposits, precision sawn to size, and finished to exacting surface configurations. Although there are no industry established standards for classifying hardness, particle size, or color of natural stones, the standards established by Norton nearly 100 years ago are accepted by most knowledgeable sources as industry standards. However, all suppliers do not adhere to these standards, some choosing to classify and label sharpening stones at their own discretion. This has resulted in much confusion for users, who experience widely varying performance levels between similarly identified stones of different manufactures. Norton guarantees a given product will duplicate performance stone after stone. For this reason, we have trademarked the Norton Arkansas Stones as a guarantee of Norton quality and performance. When sharpening, these Arkansas stone do not remove as much metal as man-made stones; hence tools and knives last significantly longer. Due to their unique crystalline structure, Arkansas stone polish as they sharpen, imparting a keen, smooth edge/surface.
  • Norton Hard Translucent Arkansas (ultra fine) stones are the finest grained and most dense natural stone available. Used to produce the keenest, most precise finish possible. They impart polished, razor-like edged. Translucent white in its purest form, hard translucent Arkansas may contain shades of red, yellow and grey. Translucent stones are named due to their ability to let light pass through.
  • Norton Hard Arkansas (superfine) stones are coarser and less dense than hard Arkansas stones. Used for imparting the finest edges necessary for most cutting tools and knives. Opaque milky white in color.
  • Norton Soft Arkansas (extra fine) stones are the coarsest-grained and least dense of the natural stones. Used primarily to sharpen and upgrade tool and knife edged to an even, polished surface, frequently after sharpening with synthetic stones. Opaque milky white in color.

Oil Stones
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Description
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03686565
Medium Round India Stone
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03685560
India Combo Bench Stone, 6in. x 2in. x 1in.
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03685855
12in. X 2 1/2in. X 1 1/2in. Coarse/Fine Crystolon Silicon Carbide Combo Grit Oil-Filled Benchstone Sharpening.
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IM100 3-in1 Tool and Knife Sharpening System – Small straight-edged tool sharpening
The smallest system, designed for general sharpening, the IM 100 is an affordable choice for small knives, cutlery and woodworking tools. Coarse Crystolon quickly restored worn edges; medium Crystolon produces the average edge needed for most tools; and fine India stone hones for a sharper edge. Includes: (6in. x 2in. x1/2in.) 1 Coarse Crystolon, 1Medium Crystolon, 1 Fine India, 4-1/2oz. oil, Reservoir Unit.
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Description
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03685356
IM100 3-in-1 Sharpening System
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Combination Grit Abrasive Benchstones
Crystolon Combination - Coarse and fine grit sharp-cutting silicon carbide abrasive surfaces for general sharpening (to moderate tolerances) when the speed of sharpening is more important than the fineness of the cutting edges. Gray in color.
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03685450
Crystolon (silicone carbide) Coarse/Fine, 6 x 2 x 1
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India Combination - Coarse and fine grit aluminum oxide abrasive surfaces produce strong, keen, long-lasting edges on quality tools. Orange/brown in color.
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Description
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03685560
India (aluminum oxide) Coarse/Fine, 6in. x 2in. x 1in.
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5 & 10 Arkansas Stone Sets
  • 5 Stone Set Includes: 1 each of Hard Arkansas HF13, HF113, HF813, HF873
  • 10 Stone Set Includes Includes 1 each or Hard Arkansas HF13, HF43, HF113, HF813, HF873 & India FF14, FF44, FF114, FF214, FF724
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Description
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03686839
Set of 5 Hard Arkansas
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03686840
Set of 10 Hard Arkansas
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India Slip Stones
The Norton slip stone is designed to be versatile for sharpening carving tools, one of the edges of the Superslip has a round edge that tapers to sharpen gouges;
4-1/2in. x 1-3/4in. x 1/4in. x 1/16in.
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Description
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03687145
India (aluminum oxide), Fine
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03687150
India (aluminum oxide), Medium
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03687155
India (aluminum oxide), Coarse
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03687075
Crystolon (silicon carbide), Fine
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03687080
Crystolon (silicon carbide), Medium
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India Gouge Sharpening Stone
India (aluminum oxide) Gouge Sharpening Stones have a unique shape for sharpening and lapping inside and outside curved surfaces on gouges and other cutting tools. An indispensable tool for woodworkers, mechanics, artisans and craftsmen. 6in. x 2in. x 1in. x 1/2in. x 3/8in.
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03687305
Fine
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Sharpening Oil
Highly refines lubricating oil specifically formulated for sharpening stone use, but equally ideal for all lubricating jobs. It will not load or “gun-up” sharpening stones. Meets U.S. Pharmacopoeia standards for mineral oils purity; it may be used around food preparation operations. XB1 is a dispenser-type can for easy use.
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03687760
4 oz Sharpening Stone Oil
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Sharpness Testing
The first way to tell is visual, a sharp edge reflects no light. Once this is done, it is recommended that the tool be tested by slicing down on an end grain of soft pine. If the end grain is ragged, the tool is not sharp enough. If there are only scratches on the end grain, tiny fragments of the wire edge may be left and continued polishing is needed. A truly blade will leave a cut on the end grain that looks almost burnished.


Silicon Carbide Hand Stones


  • 100 Grit Hand Stone
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68S100
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  • 120 Grit Hand Stone
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68S120
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  • 400 Grit Hand Stone
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68S400
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  • Silicon Carbide Hand Stone Brick
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Grit
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33701120
120
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33701220
220
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  • Silicon Carbide Hand Stone 1/2 Round
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Grit
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33700120
120
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33700220
220
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33700320
320
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Silicone Carbide Green Wheels

Very sharp cool cutting wheel. Excellent for sharpening carbide tipped bits as well as working with non-ferrous materials such as aluminum, glass, ceramic and cast irons. All wheels below have a 1in. center hole *except the 8in. which has a 1-1/4in. center hole.
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Grit
Size
Max. RPM
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01200
60
6in. dia., 3/4in. edge
4,140
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01204
80
6in. dia., 1in. edge
4,140
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01207
80
7in. dia., 1in. edge
3,600
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01210
80
8in. dia., 1in. edge*
3,600
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01213
80
10in. dia., 1in. edge
2,485
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Although we try to keep the most updated prices on our website, all prices are subject to change.
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