1x6 Arkansas Marcella - X Coarse
The 1x6 Arkansas Marcella stone is an extra coarse grit stone mined from Marcella, Arkansas. Jonathan Coe sources several other Arkansas-based natural stones from the region, adding a greater selection to the classic lineup of Arkansas stones. The Marcella is used for initial sharpening and repairs. The soft, gritty stone releases and abrades with gusto and is ideal for initial sharpening and maintenance work. It is roughly equivalent to 220-320 grit.
1" x 6" x 5mm in size and mounted to a steel blank, it is used with water or oil dripped onto the surface before use. Air dry after use if water is used. With oil, you can choose to clean or not between uses.
Abrasive Material: Sandstone, Silica, and Iron Oxide
Ideal place in a sharpening progression:
- Starting grit for sharpening, repairs and maintenance
- After coarse synthetic sharpening stone grits (120 – 320 grit)
- Before progressing finer synthetic stones and finer natural stones.
The Arkansas Marcella sharpening stone works on almost all types of knives, scissors, tools and chisels, including those made with abrasion resistant steels. While the 1x6 size is meant for use with the Edge Pro, Hapstone and TSProf sharpeners, it is also a great size for a slip stone, field stone or a pocket stone for knife repairs and sharpening on the go.
This is an oilstone which can be used with oil or water. This stone can also be used in a mix and match progression of other synthetic and natural sharpening stones, as well with other brands such as Naniwa, Shapton, Suehiro, Imanishi, Spyderco, King, etc. Simply wipe the blade clean before and after switching stone types.
On More Traditional Carbon Steel and Stainless Steel Edges the Arkansas Marcella stone will cut into kitchen knives made from makers like Henckels, Wüsthof, Gunter Wilhelm, F Dick, Victorinox, etc. and steels like X50CrMoV15, AUS6, and 440B.
On the higher end of the hardness spectrum of traditional steel edges made with steels like 1095, 440C, 52100, Aogami White, O1, Shirogami Blue, W1, etc., the Arkansas Marcella stone cut smoothly and evenly into these harder steels, establishing a defined cutting edge that preps the edge for further cleanup by finer grits.
On Carbide Forming Steel and More Abrasion Resistant Steel Edges such as D2, M2, S35V, S90V, VG-10, etc., The softer density of the Marcella stone abrades the matrix steel more aggressively, making the edges sharp with a bite and can do some cleanup of deeper previous scratches.
Hacks and Tips:
- Using water keeps the stone slightly more aggressive. Using oil creates a paste that, over time, imparts a slightly finer finish.
- By cleaning the stone of oil between uses, the stone is more aggressive at the start. Keeping the old “seasoned” oil on the stone adds more refinement and more polish.
- Clean loaded stones with warm soapy water
- The softer nature of this stone means it will need to be flattened regularly. Use an extra coarse or coarse diamond plate, silicon carbide powders or extra coarse (60-80 grit) wet dry sandpaper.
Comparable Stones: Arkansas Mountain View