FS: Vintage Pike/Norton Oilstones - Lily White Washita/Soft Ark./Hard Arkansas

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Forum topic by ChristianCastillo posted 08-09-2013 10:20 PM 4257 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-09-2013 10:20 PM


For sale I have a set of three vintage rehabbed pike/norton oilstones:

1. Pike Lily White Washita – 7 7/8” x 1 7/8” x 1”
2. Pike Soft Arkansas – 7 13/16” x 2” x 7/8”
3. Norton HM8 (boxed version of HB8) Hard Arkansas – 7 15/16” x 1 15/16” x 3/4”

The Lily White Washita was removed from a moldy broken box, you can see the virgin side that was glued down into the box and has a large facet on the virgin side which wouldn’t have been evident when it was glued in its box. The Pike Soft Ark. has dishing on one side, so I flattened the other side, the edges have marks from where nails were used to hold the stone in place and very small chips on the edges. The Norton HM8 (Boxed Version of the HB8 Hard Ark) was removed from its box ( the top half of the box was missing ). All three stones have been boiled three times to de-clog them and flattened with an Atoma 400 diamond plate. They are all dead flat and need no further attention. The Lily White and Soft Ark. are old stones of vintage, the Norton stone was an army surplus stone and I am not sure of its age, but based on the cedar box, it isn’t recent. I can’t say if vintage oil stones are better than new ones, many people believe that the vintage ones are the best mined, I never used new ones so I can’t say if that’s true, but I do know that vintage stones are preferred to new ones by many people.

The lily white washita stone isn’t even mined anymore and is perhaps the best novaculite stone for woodworkers ever mined. The Norton HM8 has a bit of translucence, but as I understand, Norton didn’t have any real distinction for Translucent Ark/Black Trans./True Hard, Norton rated stones by gravity so the HM8 pictured here has the same gravity as a translucent or black and an edge off it certainly does shave hair. The three stones represent a full grit progression that will make an edge pop hairs, add a strop and it just gets better. Why am I selling this kit? I played with them and it is just redundant with my waterstones, I don’t wish to be a hone-afficionado and I could use the money towards other tools I really need.

225$ shipped and insured via USPS priority. This is a great deal if you consider that the HB8 alone goes for 170$, then you have a pike lily white washita which is really sought after and hard to buy even if you want one, and the pike soft ark, which as I understand, comes from the time when soft arks were very good and nothing like the cheap ones being sold today.




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#1 posted 08-11-2013 05:22 PM

Alright, the stones are now 215$ shipped and I’ll throw in an axe sharpening puck.

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#2 posted 08-11-2013 07:43 PM


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