A Facelift for A Translucent Arkansas Slip Stone

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A few years ago I found a broken, dirt-covered segment of a pebble buried in the ground outside our porch. Excited about this unexpected surprise, I immediately decided to restore the stone and incorporate it into my collection of sharpening tools.

The stone was domed and covered in black dirt as a result of many years of use and abuse, so I decided to use a coarse diamond stone to coat all of its surfaces, including the narrow and wide vaults on the edges. Diamond stones are the best medium for this job, but wet / dry silicon carbide sandpaper on a piece of granite or glass will do the job as well.

First I flattened the surface on one face of the stone, then I worked on the vaults, finally on the opposite face, but this order of dressing can be organized differently. The DMT Extra, Extra log stone worked exceptionally well and with the help of a little water acting as a lubricant the job was done quickly.

After the coarse stone, I used a finer diamond stone to further smooth the surfaces and then tested the non-slip stone on one of my cutting tools.

If you have or find a crushed stone made of natural or synthetic material, don’t hesitate to give it a facelift, as even a broken segment like the one I have found can excel in all kinds of sharpening businesses.


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