Intentionally Convex ~25x76x12mm ~52g Soft Arkansas Stone | One ~25x76mm Facet Shaped to 6.5’Øx25’Ø Ellipse | Made in USA


Never to Be Seen Upon “The River of Fakes”

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here’s a ~1x3x0.5″ stone formed diligently to have an ellipse on one ~1×3″ surface, an ellipse that’s shaped 6.5’Ø down the 3″ length and 25’Ø across the 1″ width.  This can be used stone-in-hand for a wicked good bevel-concaving hone.

Mostly what you’re paying for is my labor to carve in this shape, and you’re paying very little vs the time, believe me when I tell you that’s a miserable task!

I don’t know enough to know why this is, but there’s this crazy guy on some other really obscure sharpening forums that has stated many times that when you ellipse-shape a soft Arkansas stone, due to the nature of its surface texture and the composition of the strata, you NEVER need to reshape/reprofile it.

Well, I’m here to tell you, that guy’s correct.  I’d used ~2017-2019 a 2.5×10″ soft Arkansas stone which I shaped elliptically via a concaved piece of floor tile, to an ellipse of about ~27’x35’Øs form, and I used that thing for THOUSANDS of razor sessions.  Never did be able to detect even the slightest variance in its shape via a straight edge once I created it, they wear on the highest spots as they naturally chase the ellipse and that’s how it keeps the shape.  Ultimately I have learned that I would want a smaller “wheel” so that I can make more concavity out of a razor bevel than that great Soft Ark and its principal form can produce, but it was nonetheless quite impressive to see just how many razors that thing could set, and so quickly, while never needing to be reset geometrically.