Sharpening Stone Keen Edge 314
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In the “Keen Edge” column for the March 2014 issue of Tactical Knives, Steven Dick found a series of U.S.-made sharpening stones that produced impressive results. With an 8-inch, hard black Arkansas sharpening stone from Hall Sharpening Stones in hand, Dick set about testing the designs with a variety of knives.
“With deer season fast approaching, I pulled out several of my favorite skinners to touch up their edges,” Dick said, noting his inclusion of a custom knife made by legendary knife-maker Wayne Goddard. “It has been a while since it has field dressed a deer, but…about 30 seconds on the black Arkansas had the knife ready to shave my face if need be.”

Steven Dick also used the native Arkansas sharpening stones to refine the edge on his kitchen cutlery, leading him to this discovery. “This experiment reminded me of one of the major advantages of an Arkansas oil stone (I was using mineral oil) over a water-soaked hone—you don’t have to spend so much time carefully drying the knife!”

For the full column, check out the March 2014 issue of Tactical Knives, available on newsstands and digitally November 19, 2013. To subscribe, go to https://www.personaldefenseworld.com/subscribe/.

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