Norton multistones are available in a large and a small size and with a myriad of different stone combinations to satisfy any possible sharpening needs. Norton multistones are self-contained sharpening centers that combine 3 stones in a single holder that mounts into an oil bath. The most popular model is the Norton IM313 series of multistones. The Norton IM313 multistone is available in combinations that range from 3 synthetic stones to the top of the line Norton multistone model that uses three different natural Arkansas stones. The smaller Norton multi-stone, the Norton IM200, is a newer model that was introduced to meet the needs of users who don't have enough room for the full sized IM313. The white version of the Norton IM200 is especially popular in home kitchens.
The Norton IM313 Multistone is normally sold with Coarse Crystolon, Medium Crystolon, and Fine India stones and is very popular with woodworkers and chefs alike. We sell the Norton IM313 Multi-Oilstone in this configuration, but we also offer other configurations of the Norton IM313 Multistone that include various hard Arkansas stones, both Norton and generic. We feel that the coarse Crystolon stone is superflous in a wood shop because fine tools will never be so dull as to require a coarse stone. Hard Arkansas is a natural stone that is becoming very hard to find, and commensurately expensive, however; we don't think that any other oil stone does as good a job of putting the final edge on a blade. All of the versions of the Norton IM313 also includes 1 pt. of Norton sharpening oil.
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The Norton IM200 Multi-Stone is the little brother to the famous Norton IM313 Multi-Stone. The smaller size of the IM200 makes it well suited to kitchens and workshops where counter space is at a premium. The stones on the Norton IM200 are 8" by 2" instead of the larger 11 1/2" by 2 1/2" stones used on the IM313. The IM200 has a coarse Crystolon, a medium Crystolon, and a fine India stone. It also includes a 4.5 oz. container of Norton sharpening oil. The Norton IM200 is our first choice for home kitchens.