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Posted on Arkansas stone - oil or water?

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#1 posted 11-24-2012 05:33 PM

The fundamental difference lies in the natural stones that artificial ones now imitate.

Arkansas stones, along with many other traditional oilstones, are made of novaculite which is a microcrystalline sedimentary rock (almost all oilstones were chert of one form or another).

Waterstones are sedimentary as well, but Japan’s geology produces a lot of clay. Their softer sharpening stones are essentially fine silicate particles bonded into clay.


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