Arkansas Stones

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Arkansas stones are graded according to their density; ‘Soft’, ‘Hard’ and ‘True-Hard/Translucent/Surgical Black. ‘Washita’ stones are also Arkansas Novaculites; they are more porous, and known to be fast cutters. They were graded numerically, #1, #2, and ‘Lilly White’. 

These natural whetstones were quarried in prehistoric times, and all but the Washita type are still being mined today.   



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