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Where to get Arkansas Slip Stones?


I was wondering what is a good source to get arkansas Slip Stones to use to remove the burr after using the DMT stones. Placed an order for a couple Translucent slip stones from Dan Whetstones but have still not received a notice that the order has shipped on 10/8/2021 and have checked with them twice with no explanation of why they have not shipped yet. I was wondering what other sources for arkansas slip stones are there available and if translucent hardness was the correct hardness level to use after the DMT step when sharpening gouges.  I'll give Dan's store a couple more days for a response of any kind but after that I think I may have cancel my order with them so just looking for alternatives.

I have had mine so long that it is hard to remember exactly where I picked them all up at. They are widely used around machine shops so I suspect businesses that offer supplies for that industry would be a good source. I have picked them up cheaply at flea markets and estate sales. Generally speaking. I have used mine primarily for shaping and sharpening molding plane blades and with limited use on carving tools. They have been handy for smoothing heavy grinding marks, eliminating pitting on antique carving tools, producing extremely minor internal bevels where appropriate. Once the tools are "commissioned", I seldom touch internal profiles of carving tools with stones since stropping is sufficient for regular maintenance.  Fine abrasive (wet/dry) paper on dowels are a good substitute and much cheaper than new stones.

Have fun.

Hi Tim,

I sell them in my store 🙂