Viking Whetstone Pendant

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“Knívleysur maður er lívleysur maður.”

“A man without a knife, is a man without a life.”

~ Faroese Proverb 

In a survival scenario, the #1 resource is your mind. The #2 resource is the tools you have on you. A knife is considered by many as the most fundamental survival tool. To survive, both need to remain sharp.

A dull knife is a dangerous knife. A sharp knife is a safe knife. Dull=Dangerous Sharp=Safe

Keeping a knife sharp, especially while out in the field, has been an issue since blades were first carried. Over 1000 years ago, Iron Age Vikings actually had a solution to this problem: Whetstone Pendants. A small piece of stone used for sharpening that had a hole so that a leather strap could be tethered.

 LEFT: Genuine Viking Whetstone Artifact; Circa 800-1500 AD
RIGHT: A fragment of a Roman to Medieval pendant whetstone; Circa 43-1500 AD

We wanted to put a modern twist on this legendary tool so we maintained the original concept but made them in the USA with a USA quarried stone and high quality leather.

It is believed that Vikings suspended these knife sharpening tools from their belt. However, it is not exactly clear, even to scholars, how the Vikings wore these pendants. We laced ours with a versatile, adjustable leather cord and packed it in a USA-Made muslin pouch so you get to choose how to wear it or carry it. Wear it around the neck for the most Ragnariest looking necklace you’ve ever seen, cinch it all the way down so that it can be hitched to your belt or clipped onto your pack, or simply pocket it while still contained in the hand-stamped muslin pouch.

  • Genuine Black Arkansas Novaculite (world famous)
  • Medium Fineness (600-800 Relative Grit Size)
  • Good General Purpose Field Stone
  • Each stone has a unique coloration and has been hand cut and drilled
  • The “Napoleon Claw” knot is inspired by Viking/Celtic knotwork and was first brought to our attention by Bart Colosino. Thanks Bart!
  • Each Whetstone comes with a Made in the USA Double Drawstring Muslin Bag and each has been Hand-stamped with a custom Viking emblem.
  • 3"L x 1"W x 7/16"H


Variations of color in Arkansas whetstones

While many of the stones are light-to-white, we have found a beautiful array of variation in color and pattern.

dsc04598.jpg Each Whetstone Pendant has been hand tied here in the USA!
For protection and versatility, each Whetstone comes with a muslin double-drawstring bag
(Made and stamped by hand in the USA). 
*We understand that it is likely that Vikings never wore horns on their helmets, but it is the most iconic image that is easily recognizable that we could think of to use for the pouch art. We hope the inaccurate depiction in no way discredits the very real usefulness of this modern day Viking tool.


"Stay sharp out there!"

~ The Wazoo Crew



Reviews (1)

Anonymous Jan 3rd 2017

Head turner

Such a cool yet versatile product!