Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! I've acquired quite a selection of sharpening stones over the years and one type of stone that I used to have quite a few of are the Arkansas Stones ( novaculite). I've sold, traded and put away most of my Arkansas stones because frankly I just don't use them much anymore. I've since opted to use ceramic, diamond and now CBN these days and I've found that those work a bit faster on these newer, harder blade steels. I have one Arkansas Stone in particular I still like to use which is one of the harder and finer grit of any of the Arkansas Stones I've ever owned. It is called the "Blue-Black" Arkansas Stone by the guy I bought it from several years ago who is one of the better woodworkers I've ever met. It feels like glass when you rub your finger across it and it sure is great for putting a final edge on a blade that is already hair-shaving sharp. I've seen by several of your responses that a few of you still use Arkansas Stones which are made of the quartz based mineral called "novaculite". So I'm wondering if they are now considered a "buggy whip" more or less? Or are they still considered good for sharpening some types of blades? I still hear some of the woodworkers I've known over the years swear by them but they are picky of which grade of novaculite that they like to use. So I'm wondering where they rank in this era of super alloys and new steels that can almost scratch diamonds? And beside me who all still uses them?