Do I really need a coarse grit sharpening stone?
The coarse stone is one of the most overlooked but most important sharpening stones you can own. We speak directly to customers every day and customers regularly question whether they need a coarser sharpening stone. The coarse stone is the workho...
Wet Stone or Whetstone?
Here are some examples of questions about sharpening stones that we often hear: I heard this called a "wet stone" but I thought it used oil. Should I use oil or water on it? The instructor said I need a "wet stone" what should I get? Are water s...
Is a Translucent Stone Really Translucent?
The Hard Translucent Arkansas Stone is actually translucent. We've put it to the test to remove any doubts. Hard Translucent Arkansas Stone with Flashlight To demonstrate the translucent properties of this stone we simply turned off the lights an...
Can I just use a fine stone to sharpen my knife?
Just using a stone that is too fine is one of the most common sharpening mistakes we encounter. When asked, most people would like a fine edge not a coarse edge so sometimes skip the coarse stone. The theory goes like this, "I can just spend more t...
Can I Use Oil on Diamond Stones?
Is it ok to use oil on my diamond stones? As our article Should I Use My Sharpening Stones Wet or Dry? illustrates, we strongly recommend using a fluid of some kind whenever sharpening on a stone. For diamond stones, we recommend water. But occasion...
Arkansas Stone FAQ's
Are Arkansas Stones natural or man made? Arkansas Stones are natural stones. The stones we offer are quarried, graded and milled to shape in the US. How do the grits of Arkansas Stones Compare to each other? Arkansas Stones are graded not by g...
What is the difference between ceramic stones and ceramic water stones?
This is definitely a source of confusion for people looking through the available types of sharpening stones. While ceramic stones and ceramic water stones sound similar, they are not the same thing. In our Sharpening Glossary we define the two types...
Should I get a DuoSharp or a Dia-Sharp Diamond Stone?
Should I Get Interrupted Surface or Continuous Surface Stones? DMT Diamond Stones are available in two main varieties, the Interrupted Surface found on their Diamond Whetstones and DuoSharp stones, and the Continuous Diamond Surface found on their...
Can Mineral Oil be Used On Sharpening Stones?
Is there a difference between Mineral Oil and Honing Oil? Over the years, we've had customers ask us about using mineral oil on their sharpening stones. That is actually a very good question because our honing oil is made of mineral oil. Is it the...
Wow! Your are fast and your communication is excellent. The item arrived today (IM200) and it is a great tool -- my knives are sharp again! Thank you so much for a wonderful item and fine service.
Penny M, St Paul, MN