Soaking an oilstone

  • Advertise with us

« back to Hand Tools forum

Forum topic by BobE posted 10-30-2011 08:54 PM 1484 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View BobE's profile


28 posts in 2919 days

10-30-2011 08:54 PM

I bought a cheap manmade oilstone that isn’t pre filled
Is there a particular method to soaking oil stones?
Is it a one time thing or do I need to repeat it whenever I use the stone?
I’ve heard that norton pre soaks there stones in hot wax, Does anybody know any details about this?

3 replies so far

View Loren's profile


10269 posts in 3615 days

#1 posted 10-30-2011 09:16 PM

I don’t think soaking is the way to go. You soak waterstones.
Oilstones I don’t know a whole lot about, but I usually use kerosene
or mineral oil as a lubricant with the ones I have. Baby oil works
well. Soapy water sort of works in a pinch too.

View Don W's profile

Don W

18686 posts in 2534 days

#2 posted 10-30-2011 10:01 PM

Loren is right, Oil stones don’t need to be soaked. I use a mix of diesel fuel and mineral oil. Either one works straight, and I’m sure kerosene would be just as efficient. I use diesel fuel because I have it. I just put it in a spray bottle and add to the stone as needed.

I’ve read that once you use oil, water will not work, but i’ve never tried it.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

View maljr1980's profile


171 posts in 2423 days

#3 posted 10-31-2011 01:29 AM

i use a waterstone, but i see guys at work who have oil stones and all they do is pour a little pnuematic tool oil on top of it to lubricate while they sharpen a chisel. just a few drops so they arent sharpening dry.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics