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The Round Arkansas File has many uses for sharpening knives and tools. Any inside curved edge, whether it is the inside of the gullet on a bread knife or the gentle sweep of a carving gouge is most easily sharpened with a round abrasive stone or abrasive file.
Some bread knives have larger gullets that are easily sharpened with the Round Abrasive File. The smaller 1/4" Round Arkansas File works very well when touching up these knives. Just measure the points of the serrations, if they are greater than 1/4" then the round file will work well.
If you sharpen carving tools you know how difficult it can be to find a good slip stone for the larger gouges. Most slip stones have relatively small diameters and are not very long. While the smaller 4" round works on smaller gouges, the larger 6" round with the 1/2" diameter works well on many larger gouges or even small gouges with very gentle sweeps.
The Round Arkansas file is available in a smaller 4" length with 1/4" diameter and the larger 6" length with 1/2" diameter.
Available in Hard Select Arkansas. This grade of stone is fine dense stone.
Proudly made in the USA. Made of natural stones quarried in Arkansas.
Q. How do the grits of Arkansas Stones Compare to each other?
A. Arkansas Stones are graded not by grit numbers like other types of stone, but by their density and hardness. The less dense, or softer the stone, the coarser it is. The more dense, or harder the stone, the finer it is. The Hard Arkansas is in the middle of the Arkansas stones overall, and is considered a medium fine grit. The Hard Translucent Arkansas stones are the finest of the Arkansas Stones and are considered fine polishing grit. See our article Arkansas Stone FAQ's for more information.
Q. How do the grits of the Arkansas Stones compare to other types of oil stones?
A. The Arkansas Stones are finer than the Silicon Carbide (Norton Crystolon) or Aluminum Oxide (Norton India) oil stones. See our article Difference in Sharpening Stone Materials for more information.
Q. How fine of an Arkansas Stone do I need?
A. The decision of what stone to finish with is a personal one depending on what kind of edge you desire. A Hard Arkansas will leave a refined edge that is highly polished. A Hard Translucent Arkansas will leave a very refined edge that is approaching mirror fine.