I wouldn't bother to use Arkansas with anything but simple steels like 1095 and such. I still have a few laying around...but they rarely see use.Another added plus of the diamond stone options is that they'll cut ANY of the supersteels, as well as the even harder carbides. Honing with an Arkansas stone can be a chore/PITA with some of the supersteels.
Nominal CompositionYeah, it ain't the chromium carbides in 3V I would be worried about, it's those vanadium carbides, they're a real bear.
I'm talking off the top of my head here, but if I remember correctly 3V is more than 10% carbide by volume. That definitely has an effect on the abrasives..
Nathan the Machinist I just looked up carbide volume from Larin's website. It is stated that the carbide volume is 5.1 % in 3V.
Correcting my previous post, it is also stated that all the carbides in it is already vanadium carbides. I thought a small portion of it is chromium carbides. It seems this is not the case.