Arkansas Whetstone for KME

For KME and Hapstone knife sharpeners (KME format)

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Type: KME Stones



Dan's Whetstone Arkansas sharpening stones are used for sharpening knives on Hapstone and KME knife sharpeners. Arkansas stones are made of novaculite, a naturally abrasive material of high density.

Arkansas stones are mined in the Ouachita Mountains in the state of Arkansas in the United States. Arkansas stones consist of silica, but unlike synthetic abrasives, do not consist of individual abrasive grains of the same size. Arkansas quartz structure consists of fused crystal grains of different sizes.

Dan's Whetstone offers Arkansas stones of the following types:

  • Soft - medium grit range
  • Hard - fine grit range for pre-finish sharpening
  • Translucent - ultra-fine grit range for finish sharpening and honing
  • Black - ultra-fine grit range for finish sharpening and honing


  • Product size: 100 x 25 x 6 mm (4" x 1" x ¼")
  • Weight: 40 g (1.4 oz)
  • Abrasive: Novaculite (Microcrystalline Quartz)

How to use

Arkansas stones should be used with one of these lubricants:

  • Refined olive oil
  • Oleic aсid
  • Dan's mineral oil

Arkansas stones usually have moderate variations of shade and color. This is normal for natural stones and not treated as a defect.

Arkansas stones do not require any preparations. However, Black and Translucent Arkansas stones may be extra lapped by customer.

Possible preparations for Black and Translucent:

  • Lapping to make the stone finer.
  • Difficulty level: high.

Q & A

  • Which type of arkansas is better for finish sharpening and honing - translucent or black arkansas?

    Translucent and black Arkansas stones have the same density. They are of equal value as ultra fine finishing stones.

  • How about other arkansas types - 'true hard' and 'black translucent'?

    We are sorry to note that Dan's Whetstone does not sell black translucent stones. The true hard Arkansas from Dan's combines features of hard, translucent and black Arkansas. True hard is overpriced so buying black Arkansas makes more sense.

  • What grit do Arkansas stones have?

    Grit terminology is not applicable to natural sharpening stones, including those composed of novaculite. The behavior of a natural stone depends on its density and how good it was lapped. You can find Soft and Hard Arkansas stones in a Grit Chart, but they are there for reference only.

About Dan's Whetstone

Dan's Whetstone
Dan's Whetstone stocks and produces nearly 300 natural Arkansas products. Dan's Whetstone singularly cuts and hand finishes each stone. Each stone passes through many quality inspections during production to ensure that the customer receives the best possible stone available. Within the various grades of stone there are nine classification or variations. Many things, including certain applications, types of items being honed, desired finish or polish and personal preference may call for a specific variation of stone. Dan's Whetstone Company owns and controls several quarries that will supply the next four generations or more with 100% real natural Novaculite rock for quality whetstones according to reserve projections.

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