Natural Arkansas System



Natural Arkansas Knife Sharpening System

- Natural Arkansas Stone

Includes a Soft Stone (300 grit equivalent), Hard Stone (650 grit equivalent), and Black Hard Stone (1,200 grit equivalent) Hones

The Ultimate in Sharpening Systems Technology Safe, Easy and Convenient to Use. The Lansky Controlled-Angle Sharpening System is a guided knife sharpening system designed to give your blade a professional, razor sharp edge every time. All systems include:

  • Precision-engineered, multi-angle, flip-over knife clamp.
  • Sharpening hones on color-coated, finger-grooved safety holders
  • One guide rod for each honing stone
  • Specially formulated honing oil
  • Extra long knife clamp screws
  • Custom molded storage/carrying case to hold all system components
  • Complete easy-to-follow multi-lingual instructions

Sharpening Angles

17° Angle - A severe angle recommended for razor blades, scalpels or similar tools. Provides an extremely sharp but delicate edge.

20° Angle - A commonly used angle for higher quality blades and provides an excellent edge for kitchen cutlery and filet knives.

25° Angle - The recommended angle for most knives that need a durable, sharp edge. Ideal for hunting and outdoor knives.

30° Angle - An outstanding angle for knives that see the heavy use of cutting cardboard, wire or carpets. Recommended for heavy duty use.

Additional Kit Configurations

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Feb 21st, 2014
Via Amazon
It will take a while to hone a new edge to razor sharp perfection with this system, but nothing I know of will do it better. Well unless you have mad skills with your steady hands. Don't ever use a grinder on any blade you cherish please! Just be careful not to slice through your body parts afterwards and not notice until you feel blood dripping. It is possible perhaps to go too sharp if you get the sapphire stone... Just a warning.
Jun 23rd, 2014
Via KnifeCenter:

LANSKY SHARPENING KITS Sharpening is a technique that every knife owner should know. Using a stone requires one to get the "science" of it all down pat. But Lansky sharpening kits eliminate all the guesswork involved, making sharpening a foolproof operation. Even your kid brother could do it (that's if you trust him with sharp, pointy objects!) As Lansky's saying goes, it's the "sharpest investment you'll ever make!" Now, on with the show Lansky Sharpeners produces several models of such kits, varying in the number of hones and type of hones (regular or diamond). For those not familiar with a Lansky, each kit contains the following: an aluminum knife clamp, bottle of honing oil, guide rods, and a molded plastic storage case. All you do is attach the clamp to the blade, assemble the rods to the hones, apply a light coating of oil to the desired stone, choose the appropriate angle, and begin. Flip the clamp over and work on the reverse side of the blade. Soon, you'll have a razor sharp edge. One feature I like about the kit is that there are very detailed instructions on how to set up and sharpen. I've had my Lansky for a few years, and I'm extremely pleased with its performance. The kit is so versatile as well. I've managed to hone everything from meat cleavers to Victorinox Classics, and everything in between. Best of all, it does not take long to set up or create a mess to clean up afterwards. I've also sharpened knives for friends, and they were thoroughly impressed with the results produced. In my opinion, a Lansky is definitely money well spent. You are guaranteed a razor sharp edge every time. What's really nice about the Lansky system is that there are options available for the user to customize his/her kit. For example, there is an aluminum universal mount that will support the clamp, permitting the whole assembly to freely stand on a table top. Also available is a V-section serration hone, making it possible to bring dull serrations back to life. Sharpening serrations with this hone requires the user to work the hone inside each and every tooth. Even for partially serrated blades this will take some time, but the results make it all worthwhile to take that extra time. All in all, Lansky sharpening kits take the precise science out of sharpening. In fact, sharpening has never been this easy, ever! I think you owe it to yourself by purchasing one of these kits. The results are well worth the small fee involved. You'll be sure to "hone" your sharpening skills with one!
Jun 23rd, 2014

Can you tell me in what order to use the stones provided; I own a Black LS hard arkansas, an LS 650 LS 300 hard and soft

Thank you for your reply


You should use the stones in this order:

First use the Soft Arkansas stone (LS 300), then the Hard Arkansas (LS 650), and last use the Black Hard stone (SOBHA).

Best regards,
Lansky Sharpeners


Vous devez utiliser les pierres dans cet ordre:
Utilisez d'abord la pierre molle Arkansas (LS 300), puis le disque Arkansas (LS 650), et la dernière utilisation de la pierre noire en dur (Sobha).

Lansky Sharpeners
Horacio Oliva
Oct 31st, 2016
Hello, I would buy this kit (Natural Arkansas System) and a clamping foot (Super "C" Clamp) but let me know if you may submit it to my home in Argentina. Thank you.


Of course we will ship to beautiful Argentina! If you have further questions, please email us at:

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Sharpening Kit Instructional Video



How to sharpen a blade using your Lansky kit 

These instructions are designed to acquaint you with the sharpening process.

For kit assembly and clamp usage instructions, please consult the informational booklet included with each kit, or visit to download a new copy.


Getting Started:

    If blade is 7” or less in length:

  • Position the clamp in the middle of the blade.
  • After sharpening, flip the clamp (and blade) over and repeat the sharpening process on the unsharpened side.

    If blade is greater than 7” in length:

  • Pick the end of the blade where you would like to start sharpening and place the clamp two finger widths away from that end of the blade.  (For example, if you choose the tip, place the clamp 2 finger widths from away the tip.) 
  • When you have the blade secured in the clamp, place your 2 fingers along both sides of the knife clamp.  The area covered by your fingers (on both sides of the clamp) is your target sharpening zone.  Try not to sharpen outside this zone, as this will change the angle of the hone and result in a poorly sharpened blade.
  • Sharpen your target zone, and with the knife still secured in the clamp, flip the clamp (and knife) over and repeat this process on the other side of the blade. 
  • When you are finished with the first zone on both sides of the blade, measure another two-finger width starting at the edge of your freshly-sharpened area, and place the clamp next to your fingers. 
  • Sharpen this new target zone as you did the first, roughly using the same number of sharpening strokes. 
  • Your use of this method will minimize gaps and overlaps between your target zones, helping to ensure a continuous sharp edge when you are finished.

Hone selection:

  • Always progress through the hones in order of decreasing coarseness—that is, start with a coarser hone and work your way down to the finest.
  • The hone you begin with will vary depending on what type of sharpening you want to do.
    • For aggressive sharpening tasks, such as changing the angle of a blade or sharpening a very dull edge, begin with the coarsest hone in your kit (coarse or extra-coarse), and then progress through medium, fine, etc.
    • For lighter-duty sharpening jobs, like angle maintenance or general “touch-up” work, begin with the medium hone.

Sharpening Strokes:

  • For best results, your strokes should move diagonally forward (towards the guide hole in the clamp) and along a small section of the blade, using the full length of the hone with each stroke.
  • In the diagram at right, for instance, the first stroke would be from point A to point B.  The hone would then be lifted and placed at point C, where the second stroke would begin.  


  • Always sharpen into the blade!  (Do NOT sharpen along the length of the blade, or away from the blade, as these could damage both the blade and your hone).
  • It is important that you use approximately the same amount of strokes for each target sharpening zone, as this will help ensure a uniformly sharpened blade.

Oil Usage:

  • Arkansas hones: When using these, apply a few drops of the honing oil provided to the surface of the stone before sharpening. Keep Arkansas stones oiled as you work.
  • Standard hones (Alumina Oxide): Do not require oiling however you will note as you sharpen, that the stones will begin to move more smoothly. This indicates pores of the stones may be clogging with filings, which reduces the effectiveness of the stone. Clean by putting a few drops of oil on the hone. The oil will lift the metal shavings off the stone’s surface where they can be wiped away with a rag. 
  • Diamond hones: Do not apply oil to the Lansky Diamond hones: clean diamond hones instead with water and wipe shavings away with a rag. Diamond hones should be completely dry before next usage.


  • When using the coarse hone, apply a generous amount of pressure.  As you move to the medium and fine hones, use less pressure. 

Finishing Up:

  • If when you have finished, the edge is still not as sharp as you would like, continue polishing the blade with your fine hone. 
  • If you have a single-sided or serrated blade, drag your fine hone down the length of the non-sharpened side a few times to clean off any stray metallic burrs that may have accumulated during sharpening.

Be Smart, Be Safe and Stay an Edge Above the Rest!

CAUTION: Knife sharpening is an inherently dangerous activity. Used properly this sharpening system cannot hurt you but a carelessly handled blade or pointed object can.

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