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Smith's TRI-6 Arkansas TRI-HONE Sharpening Stones System

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  • Rotating triangle block for easy stone rotation and identification.
  • Premium honing solution cleans and protects the sharpening surfaces.
  • 3-stones make a complete sharpening system.
  • Non-skid base with "V" trough for oil drips.
  • Sharpening angle guide to teach basic correct angle for first-time user.
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Product Description

Product Description

Smiths Sharpeners 6in. Three Stone Sharpening System, Multiple TRI6

Smith's TRI-6 three-stone sharpening 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. The 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.

TRI-6 main
Three sharpening stones in a single tool (view larger).


TRI-6 solution
Includes premium honing solution.
At a Glance
Smith's TRI-6 Arkansas TRI-HONE Sharpening System At a Glance:
  • Three sharpening stones

  • Molded plastic base with nonskid rubber feet

  • Sharpening angle guide ensures correct angle every time

  • Premium honing solution cleans, protects sharpening surface

  • "V" trough catches the solution
At a Glance

Sharpening Instructions

  1. Put a small amount of honing solution on your stone. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 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.

  4. 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.


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)

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 9.7 x 4.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00062BIT4
  • Item model number: TRI-6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (571 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248 in Home Improvement (See Top 100 in Home Improvement)

Customer Reviews

This will get and keep your knives nice and sharp.
M. Rohler
It will last a life time and will probably be the one and only system you will ever need if you are truthful with yourself.
D. Blankenship
I bought the tri-hone was a gift for my son who loved it.
Lorrie Winkle

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

186 of 195 people found the following review helpful By Aurora R. Traver on March 19, 2008
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I bought this sharpening system for my Henckels, they are the light of my kitchen and I use them daily for cooking. I hadn't sharpened them since I bought them and the honing just wasn't doing it anymore. I shopped around and found this item at my local hardware store for TWICE the price, so I bought mine here on Amazon.

I agree with one of the other reviewers on the size - they are a little small for full size knives, requiring the user to work just a little bit harder. This is the only reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars.

This sharpening system got my knives razor sharp - literally. I was able to shave hair from my forearm with my Santoku after sharpening with this product. The kit is well made, with the plastic parts being very thick and durable - I expect it to last a while.

Because the base is smooth and flat, I recommend putting it down on something non stick (I used a damp towel) when sharpening larger knives, it helped a lot.
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155 of 163 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Wally M. Viray TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 30, 2012
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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:

Smith's TRI-Hone Sharpening stones($23)
Smith's Adjustable Pull Thru Knife sharpener($26)
Wusthof 9 inch Diamond Steels (1 Course and 1 Fine Rods. $60 x 2 = $120)
Wusthof Whetstone fine and super fine(4451 and 4452)($90 x 2 =$180)

I have 4 Chicago Cutlery Chef's knives that were collecting dust for years and stopped using them because they were all very dull and nicked. I didn't even bother sharpening them and I just kept buying a new one when the previous one gets too dull to cut.

For the test, I tried my best to get the sharpest edge possible within a 10 minute window. Anything more than 10 minutes for me is just too much time.


1. Fastest in getting a sharp edge - Accusharp and Smith's Adjustable Pull thru
2. Sharpest edge - Wusthof Diamond Steel
3. Simplest to use - Accusharp and Smith's Adjustable Pull thru
4. Smoothest in slicing Bond Paper - Wusthof Diamond Steel
5. Most expensive - Wusthof Whetstones
6. Least expensive - Accusharp

It seemed like the Smith's and the Wusthof Whetstones needed a bit more time than I allocated. So, I proceeded to continue sharpening until I got it as sharp as I could.

The Wusthof Whetstone would have won in the sharpest edge and smoothest slicing thru bond paper after about an hour of careful sharpening. The learning curve is considerably longer than the other 3 options.
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84 of 88 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on May 1, 2011
If you put twenty people in a room; people who are interested in knives and who have spent a life time sharpening the things, you will get about 19 different preferences and techniques thrown around...the 20th will have gone out for coffee or fallen asleep. I have actually seen people get rather excited and indeed hostile over this subject...go figure!

I like sharpening knives; have been doing in for several decades now. For myself I find it relaxing and soothing. I am extremely methodical about the whole process and never hurry.

Now there are all kinds of very expensive and complicated sharpening systems out there and quite a number of them work quite well. For me though, the plane stone works the best and no matter what system I buy or use I always return this the stone.

The system being reviewed here is extremely workable and does the job I paid it for. It is relatively inexpensive and a pleasure to work with. The stones on this unit are a bit smaller than some I have used in the past, but like another reviewer here, I adjusted quite well.

Like others, I found the base was a bit of a concern at first as it does slide from time to time...depending upon what surface you place it on. I solved this by using a rather large piece of think leather spread out on the table...the same piece I use to lay over my leg when flint knapping to keep myself from cutting my leg off.

Anyway, I have yet to find a knife I could not sharpen with this time. I do use plenty of oil (which by the way should be used on any such stone. I use special honing oil most of the time but to be honest, simple old vegetable oil works quite well too.

If you need them, the set comes with a nice set of instructions with useful tips.
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106 of 113 people found the following review helpful By Michael D. Thornton on May 18, 2007
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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:

Pro- comes with the stones already set in the unit, comes with the oil (don't ever skip the oil), good seatting for the stones. Good Price to move beyond an entry level single stone, but not as costly as the 10 inch, $100 models.

Con-I wish it was about 2 inches longer. A person has to be careful with a Santoku knife or butcher's knife to not run the blade off the end and nick it before you draw the entire length of the blade.

In reality, you should have an inch of stone to every inch of blade. This is a good starting point for someone wanting to sharpen their knives on an amateur level. (this is not idustrial in any way).
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