Waterstone advice needed

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Blog entry by BoxBuilder posted 09-02-2013 10:06 PM 1425 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have several waterstones I use for general sharpening. I keep them in a container in water so they are ready wen I need them. I notice when I take them out to use they have a sort of slimy coating that I have to clean off before use. I thought maybe a slight amount of Clorox mixed in with the water might be the answer but don’t know if that would have any effect on the stones. Does anyone else have any experience with this problem? Any assistance would be appreciated. Thanks.

-- Richard, Pennsylvania

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#1 posted 09-02-2013 10:15 PM

I let mine dry out.

Bleach in the water does work to suppress fungal
growth on water stones.

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Mark Shymanski

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#2 posted 09-03-2013 05:01 AM

I had the same problem. I changed the water more often and I also added some bleach. I don’t know that the algae would affect the stone’s ability to sharpen I just didn’t like the feel of it.

Loren, are their no adverse effects when they are dried out? I’ve always kept mine in water but really only because I ‘have always kept them in water’ not because of any deliberate plan on my part. Finding a convenient container helped :-)

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#3 posted 09-03-2013 09:01 PM

Loren, Mark,
Thanks for the replies. I will both change water more often & add some bleach to the container. Thanks again.

-- Richard, Pennsylvania

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#4 posted 09-04-2013 01:43 AM

I have never had any problems with my stones, but I store them dry always. Until someone can offer some overwhelming evidence that storing wet is necessary I will continue to do so.

Im sure your aware but you sure dont want them water soaked and exposed to subfreezing temps.


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#5 posted 09-04-2013 05:28 PM

I keep, them wet just for convenience & since they are over 10 years old they still seem fine. I am aware of not letting them freeze. So I guess its a matter of preference & I will hope to solve the slime problem with some bleach.

-- Richard, Pennsylvania

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