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Re: Knife sharpening

26 Oct 2017
@ 03:58 am (GMT)

Joshua Mayfield

Last year this thread prompted me to read up on one of my state's unique natural resources - novaculite. Arkansas whetstones are pretty widely known, but it dawned on me that I didn't actually know much about them. In my reading I saw that two of the leading suppliers of finished stones are located just minutes down the road from a place my wife and I take the kids two or three times a year. So I called them up and asked if I could drop by. At both places real, live, knowledgeable people answered the phone. One is set up for internet sales only and their insurance won't allow onsite visitors or customers. The other said come on by. So I paid the folks at Dan's Whetstone a visit and I was treated far better than I deserve. Dan Kirschman, the founder, spent about an hour and half showing me around and educating me on novaculite. It was fascinating. These folks find and remove the rock from the ground themselves and carry the process through to a finished, marketable product. They've engineered and constructed some of their equipment themselves and acquired some equipment from all over the world. Dan was particularly proud of a huge old saw he bought from an Italian marble company years ago that allows them to cut larger pieces of novaculite into finished stones than just about anyone else, when they find pieces of large uncracked and unblemished raw stone. Anyhow, I could ramble on even longer than I have. I really enjoy finding a family-founded, expertly run business like this and feel grateful for their hospitality. I'll do business with them for a long time.

https://www.danswhetstone.com/

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