Cones shaped slipstones are used for sharpening the inside of larger-sized gouges. For carvers, this stone is a great complement to our smaller carving slips. For cabinetmakers, these are probably the only special stones you will need to hone the few straight gouges that are occasionally used in the course of regular casework. You will find that with the larger radius, it is easier to evenly hone the bevel. The stone removes metal pretty quickly, but leaves a small wire edge. Ideally, you should follow this stone with a finer Arkansas slip to remove the wire edge, but in a strop with honing compound will also work. The stones are about 6" long and 2" wide at the big end, and 1/2" wide at the narrow end. The generous size also makes them easy to hold.