Ceramic Sharpening Stone Care and Use

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Forum topic by wingate_52 posted 08-10-2011 07:26 PM 2746 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-10-2011 07:26 PM

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I have been recomended to use the stone dry and to clean, by washing with soapy water. Any tips for use and maintainance?

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#1 posted 08-10-2011 07:59 PM

I keep a couple in my carving toolbox and lubricate them with clear tap water when using instead of using dry. Other than that I only scrub them with soapy water and a surgical scrub brush when they turn black with metal particles. That is all I have ever done and it works satisfactory for me.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#2 posted 08-14-2011 05:09 AM

I have two in my carving kit, I have used them both dry and with water. If they get real dirty, I use detergent and boil them for a bit to open the pores on the stones..
Hope that helps.

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#3 posted 08-17-2011 05:50 AM


No matter the brand, whether ceramic or water stone, you should flatten them regularly… as in before each use, to ensure you’re getting a flat finish on your tool. Actually, if doing prolonged sharpening such as flattening a plane back, you may need several flattenings to get a really good surface.

You’ll see demonstrations of this if you check out DVDs from folks like David Charlesworth or Rob Cosman, or on Rob’s “Online Hand Took Workshop” site.

-- Jim in Alaska

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