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Tri Hone Sharpening Stone
Smith’s Tri Hone Sharpening Stone system features a medium Arkansas stone, fine Arkansas stone, and coarse synthetic stone mounted on a molded plastic triangle with handles on the end for easy stone rotation and easy-to-read stone identification.
Smith Tri Hone Sharpeners sturdy molded plastic base has nonskid rubber feet for safety, “V” trough to catch the oil drippings, and is easy to clean. A bottle of Smith’s premium honing solution and a sharpening angle guide are also included.
Three sharpening stones in a single tool (view larger).
Includes premium honing solution.
Smith’s TRI-6 Arkansas Tri Hone Sharpening Stone System At a Glance: Three Arkansas sharpening stone
Molded plastic base with nonskid rubber feet
Sharpening angle guide ensures correct angle every time
Sharpening Instructions Tri Stone Sharpening System
Put a small amount of honing solution on your Natural Arkansas Stones. Don’t use a lot of lubricant as a small amount goes a long way. Using a natural stone without a lubricant or water will damage and clog your stone. It protects the stone and the cutting edge of the knife or tool by washing away the particle of stone and metal created during the sharpening process. If necessary, water can be used as a substitute.
To insure the proper sharpening angle on your knife, place the yellow Smith’s angle guide at the end of your stone. This shows you the proper angle we recommend to use in order to obtain the sharpest edge. Next, place your blade flat on the angle guide at the end of the stone. Now you are ready to begin the sharpening process.
Push the blade away from you just like you are trying to carve a thin slice off the top of the stone. Don’t be afraid to use pressure against the Arkansas Natural Stone while sharpening since it will not damage the stone or your knife. Repeat this pushing stroke three or four times. Remember, try to keep the same approximate sharpening angle all the time, since this is the key to obtaining the sharpest edge.
To sharpen the other side of your knife, simply place your blade at the opposite end of your Smith sharpening stone and repeat the above steps, but instead of pushing the knife away from you, pull it towards you. Continue to sharpen until you feel that your blade is truly sharp.
Care of Arkansas Stones
Arkansas sharpening stones became world-famous for their ability to produce a sharp edge on a metal blade. The unique crystalline structure of the quartz gives Arkansas stones their superior honing abilities.
Cleaning your stones will keep the pores free of stone and metal particles. After each use, the Arkansas stones should be cleaned by scrubbing vigorously with water, liquid soap, and a stiff nylon brush.
What’s in the Box
1 Course Synthetic (400 grit)
1 Medium Synthetic (600 grit)
1 Natural Fine Arkansas Stone (Approx. 1000-1200 Grit)
Knife sharpening Comparison
on September 30, 2012
By Dr. Who
I always wondered which knife sharpener is the best one to get. So I went ahead and setup a test. I just bought a new set of the following sharpeners from Amazon. This is my test:
Excellent Sharpening System For the Casual Home User
on August 10, 2015
At the price range you can get this sharpener, it is a very good buy. Good water stones will cost you $40 a piece but are much larger so easier to move your blade across. This is under $30 for 3 stones and a stand but the stones are about 7/8″ smaller in width and 2″ smaller in length than a traditional Japanese water stone. If you are used to using larger stones, you may have a hard time adjusting to the size of these stones. If you are a beginner or someone used to more casual sharpening with a rod or a smaller pocket stone, this is a nice step up and perhaps a good introduction to stones especially if you own a few smaller blades or pocket knives.
Cheap and good
on December 25, 2016
I’ve used this as my primary stone system for about two years now. Just using these stones and finishing with a leather strop easily produces shaving sharp edges. Especially effective on my morakniv. This is a decent sized set of stones, I’ve used them extensively for wood chisels and hand plane irons, besides just knives. They will work for a smaller hatchet, but the form factor is not ideal for it.
on April 21, 2015
By A. B. Lawver
This is a beautifully designed piece of equipment. The stones are clearly marked at the end, where those red tabs on the side indicate as to which are the coarse, medium or fine grain stones. Switching to each stone is as easy as lifting one of the sections that holds the stone, then turning it to the stone you want to use and re-seating it back into the base. The base is sturdy and stays in place during use without sliding or moving. Highly recommend.
Fantastic sharpener. With some time and effort
on January 18, 2016
Fantastic sharpener. With some time and effort, works better than any automatic or guided sharpener I’ve used. I think the visual of what’s happening to the edge is the important part about this working so well. You can see and touch the blade after each stroke if necessary, and you know exactly where everything is. It forces you to pay attention to any nicks in the blade and get them all out on coarse stone before moving on. Plus you know that you’ve got a nice even edge the entire length of the blade. You can’t really see that happening with one of those draw-through sharpeners. Can’t shave with my knives after using this, but the kitchen blades work easily on soft tomatoes and I can cut thin wrapping paper without tearing it using my pocket knife. It’s a quality knife, but it wasn’t quite that sharp from the factory. A brand new pair of scissors won’t even do that to this particular paper, so I’m impressed. That knife is more of a utility knife for me, so I’ll probably never use it for this, but after sharpening on this tri-hone, I wouldn’t hesitate to take it hunting with me as my only blade. It gets them that sharp. As I said, it takes some time and effort, but I like to do this while listening to podcasts (instead of playing solitaire). The methodical process is soothing in a way.
on June 4, 2018
By Michael S. Sisley
I would have liked to buy this same type stone setup in a larger size. That aside, these days not a lot of folks carry a pocket knife or ever sharpen a knife or were never taught how to sharpen a knife because sharpening stones are getting harder to find. It works well if the operator knows what they are doing. Mostly I sharpen knives with it but also wood chisels. It works well. Also sewing scissors can be done on this setup as well. Not much more to say. There is a coarse, medium, and fine stone on this setup. I have work space such that I decided to screw it to a bench. A couple of C clamps on the edge of a work bench will do if your space is limited. It needs to be secured so you can ” get ‘er done” correctly, i.e. apply enough pressure to affect the blade as you draw it across the stone. Don’t forget to use oil on the stones as you use them. For what I paid for these stones it was a good purchase. Hint: youtube has videos to teach you how to sharpen a knife if you need instruction.
High Quality Sharpening Stones
on July 30, 2012
By J. S.
My brother had one of these years ago, but he ended up taking it with him when he moved so I was stuck with dull knives for a little while. My collection is mostly pocket knives with a few larger and more interesting ones, but all were easily sharpened using this system. Everything seems to be the proper size and the stones are of very good quality. There is a small chip/crack on the end of my “FINE” stone, but nothing major enough to warrant a return. The honing oil that comes with this system works well, but you will run out VERY QUICKLY. Especially if you need to use the “COARSE” stone to reset an edge. Since it is so porous, it will just soak up that fluid like it is its job. All in all though I am very satisfied with these stones, I was looking for a good quality system at a reasonable price. I’ve used other higher grade stones in the past (6000, etc.), and though this set of stones maxes out at the 1000 rating it gets the job done well. One note though, a lot of comments are stating that this system will get your knives razor sharp, and that is simply not true. With the 1000 “FINE” stone, you can achieve a VERY GOOD edge, fine enough to cut almost anything you would need with a pocket/kitchen/hunting knife. However, razor sharp requires a finer stone than is provided here, if you need a sharp sashimi/sushi knife, buy a little bit more expensive and finer stone. The same goes if you are trying to sharpen a straight razor to a precision edge. Included in the package are 5 items: honing oil, plastic angle guide, instructions, tri-stone rotating piece, and a plastic base. The included angle guide helps if you haven’t used a stone before, it rests at 23 degrees. The instructions offer a good intro if you have never used a stone before to sharpen. As mentioned before the oil works well, but will run out quickly. The base has rubber feet and will not slide on most surfaces, plastic is hard and durable… Very high-quality. The stones all measure 6 inches by 1.625 inches and are mounted solidly. Would recommend fairly highly, closer to 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Works great on your investment
on July 4, 2016
If you have kitchen knives, and don’t have some sort of tri-stone sharpener, you’ll be surprised to use it and find out how sharp a knife should be or could be. The pro’s and con’s are this: