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October 31, 2011

My Queer Creek Stone has a new home

Filed under: Historical Material,Of Interest,Sharpening,Uncategorized — Stephen Shepherd @ 8:21 am

I bought this a while back at the local swap meet and gave the guy his asking price, something I normally don’t do.  It has remnants of the original Norton Abrasive Co label and I thought it said ‘Queen Creek’, but on doing some research I discovered it was in fact ‘Queer Creek’ and was the name of the stone/quarry from which it comes.

I decided I needed to make a box to hold and protect the stone.  I selected a scrap of pine and chopped out the mortises with a chisel and smoothed out the bottom with a wooden router plane.

There are points at the corners on the bottom to hold it in place on my workbench while I am sharpening or honing.  I used a square cut headless brad, pounded it in then snipped it off leaving a tiny point projecting.  One long nail took care of all 4 corners.

Now I need to make an appropriate box for the fine  Guangxi waterstone that I just acquired.  I want to cut one end off the stone to make an ink stone, then I will make the box.

I will mention my unusual method of sharpening on an oil/water stone in the near future.



  1. Hi Stephen,

    That’s a dark stone! Both of my Queer Creeks (one bought from Garrett Wade in the 90’s, the other one vintage w/label) are much lighter, a greyish/greenish color.

    Just goes to show, there’s always something new to learn out there. How’s the grit on it?

    Comment by Jerome Weijers — October 31, 2011 @ 9:43 am

  2. Jerome,

    The grit is finer than a soft arkansas but cuts well. It is a bit glazed, I will wash it off before it goes into the box. Put a coat of Moses T’s St. John’s Oil on the box and when it dries it will be ready to go.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — October 31, 2011 @ 11:17 am

  3. Hi!!!

    My husband spent many years working for Norton Abrasives. If you are looking for any info on this, please feel free to contact and ask away!

    Comment by Jen — October 31, 2011 @ 10:12 pm

  4. Jen,
    I would like to know what kind of stone comes from the Queer Creek quarry?


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — November 1, 2011 @ 8:50 am

  5. Stephen,
    Have you found out anything more about the Queer Creek stone – I have one I inherited from my father, in the original box, and it’s marked “…Creek”, along with the size of the stone, and “KB 6” Any idea what grade stone it is? It seems fairly fine.
    Any info appreciated…

    Comment by Wade Hutchison — December 6, 2011 @ 9:50 pm

  6. I also own a couple of these queer creek stones, one is light colored and the other dark. The light one readily soaks up water the dark one does not. I am led to believe that the one was used with oil; hence the dark color.

    Comment by Mark — January 11, 2013 @ 10:26 am

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