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Forum topic by jtrz posted 01-25-2018 09:47 PM 1620 views 0 times favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jtrz

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01-25-2018 09:47 PM

I just got this set of 3 arkansas stones from Best Sharpening Stones but I forgot to order any honing oil.

I know I can order the honing oil that best sharpening stones sells but I was wondering if anyone has a prefered honing oil or if there is another type of oil (like mineral oil) that I can use and get the same or similar results.

If you have these particular stones I’d be interested to hear what you find works best on them.

Thanks


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#1 posted 01-25-2018 10:29 PM

3 in 1 works just fine, I did try some Norton, seems a little thinner?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 01-25-2018 10:38 PM

I’ve read that 3 in 1 in time will clog up the stone. I think they said because of its thickness.

I’ve read that mineral oil works really well. Some people mix it 50/50 with kerosene or I think mineral spirits.

I am new to oil stones so bear with me but what is best practice after you are finished sharpening? Wipe the stone off? Rinse it off?

Thanks for the reply

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#3 posted 01-26-2018 01:30 AM

3N1 is lightweight machine oil, about 17W, IIRC. Be fine. I use combination of motor oil and kerosene as an all purpose lubricant.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#4 posted 01-26-2018 01:54 AM

Anything that floats the metal residue of your sharpened edge off the stone should work. I have been using the oil that I put in my air tools. For some reason I have extra bottles of it and it seems to work good. When finished I put a little extra on the stone, rub it around with my finger and then wipe it off.

-- MEL, Kansas

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#5 posted 01-26-2018 01:58 AM

I guess I’ll just have to test them all out and see what works best for me. I actually have some of that oil for air compressors. I’ll sharpen a chisel or two tonight and let you all know how it turns out

Thanks

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#6 posted 01-26-2018 02:09 AM

As far as i can tell the only thing to avoid is something thick. I have tried hi end honing oil and also used very inexpensive lamp oil and haven’t been able to tell any difference.

Michael

-- michael

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#7 posted 01-26-2018 02:58 AM

I’ve been using 3 in 1 oil for years with my Arkansas stones for years with no problem. I view the “3 in 1 oil clogs up the stone” an old wife’s tale.

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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#8 posted 01-26-2018 03:53 AM

Planeman40
Do you mix the 3 in 1 with kerosene as well.

Is the point of mixing the 3 in 1 to dilute or thin it out or does kerosene have some chemical properties or something that make the solution more effective?

I don’t have any kerosene right now, is there anything else I can use in it’s place?
Is mixing the the oil with something else absolutely necessary?

Also, I noticed that the wood base the stone is glued to is unfinished and is already getting dirty. After I actually start using these stones the bases are going to be filthy. Am I crazy in thinking about putting some protective finish on them so they don’t get soaked with oil and tiny metal particles?

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#9 posted 01-26-2018 04:13 AM

I can’t comment on the mixing with kerosene as I never do it . I just use 3 in 1 oil as it is. I have a number of Arkansas stones with one about a foot long that cost me around $80. I am a real fan of them and prefer them for my final sharpening before proceeding with stropping. I use other coarse stones prior to the Arkansas for shaping and coarse sharpening. As to the glued down stones, I try to avoid them for just the reason you mention. If the idea of a dirty oil soaked wood base bothers you, then by all means apply some varnish on them. However the dirty wood bases don’t hurt anything. As a side note, I have moved sway from water stones as they are very messy and their softness allows wear to destroy their shape. But they do sharpen well.

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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#10 posted 01-26-2018 01:08 PM

Used lamp oil for many years

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#11 posted 01-26-2018 01:45 PM

Oil stones can be washed out with warm soapy water and plastic brush, flushed well then re-oiled after they dry. Some people spray them down with WD-40 or rinse in kerosene? Same as a water stone they will need to be flattened at some time in there life, sooner if you sharpen a lot of narrow chisels and form groves.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#12 posted 01-26-2018 06:30 PM

Before you get analysis paralysis, just grab some 3n1 and go for it.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#13 posted 01-26-2018 06:48 PM



Before you get analysis paralysis, just grab some 3n1 and go for it.

- Rick_M


Analysis paralysis…I love that so much.

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bbasiaga

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#14 posted 01-26-2018 08:08 PM

Hoppes gun oil, just the plain oil not the cleaning solvent, is pretty darn good as well. You can find it at a lot of sporting goods places like Bass Pro, Cabelas, Dicks, if you are not keen to go to a shooting store.

Brian

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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#15 posted 01-26-2018 08:37 PM

I read someone the other day talking about the difference between pre-internet and post internet woodworking. Pre-internet we would read a book and do that, or ask someone knowledgable and do that. Now we ask a hundred random people and get 50 different answers and can’t decide between them.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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