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#1 posted 02-07-2012 06:31 PM

Water stones, at least the sieved and sintered ones I have
owned, are much softer than oil stones and you can carve
or scratch them easily with a knife, key or screwdriver.

The very coarse grinding stones in the 200 grit range are
much harder. I have found that coarse stones sold for use
with oil or kerosene work fine for sharpening with soapy
water as well. Fine ones would not.

If a used stone is blackened and clogged with a mixture
of oil and metal filings, it may be difficult to bring it to a
state of working. I don’t know a lot about oil stones but
it seems to me that a used stone should be quite
inexpensive if it is dirtied and clogged from misuse.

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