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Elvin

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1401 days ago

My father-in-law was a barber and gave me several sharpening stones he used to hone his straight razors. He has since passed but I was thinking of using these stones to sharpen my chisels. Now the only problem is how do I tell if I use water or oil on these stones. They have several years of use on them so I can’t see any markings, right now it is a guessing game. Any advice would be appreciated.
Thanks again for the assist.
El

-- Elvin, Southern California, "How great would life be if we lived a little of it everyday"


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Napoleon

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#1 posted 1400 days ago

Best thing i can advise you to do is to ask another old barber…maybe he knows the stone and how to do

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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racerglen

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#2 posted 1400 days ago

Try this.. Put a bit of water on the stones. If it beads up then they were used as oil stones, if it soaks in.. Water..

I picked up a couple of those stones a few years ago, one had been used with water, the other oil. Go figure !

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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Napoleon

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#3 posted 1400 days ago

Racerglen you are totaly right,but if there is a new stone in between you cant see it that way.

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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Elvin

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#4 posted 1400 days ago

Thanks for the advice. I will give the oil/water test and let you know. I will also look for an older barber but nowadays these barbers don’t use straight razors they just trim with sheers. Thanks again, El

-- Elvin, Southern California, "How great would life be if we lived a little of it everyday"

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racerglen

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#5 posted 1400 days ago

Gee.. I guess I’m “lucky”..My barber probably could have retired a decade or more ago, he’s still got the cut throat razors and has taught the younger guys in the shop how to do them right, including the leather strop hanging
by the side. They actualy use them to crispin up the bottom of sideburns and clean the stubble atthe back of the neck !

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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