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Forum topic by PaBull posted 06-30-2008 09:01 PM 7984 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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PaBull

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06-30-2008 09:01 PM

Topic tags/keywords: water oil sharpening stone question traditional

I bought some sharpening stones on a garage sale and I have no way of knowing if they are water or oil stones. They were new in the package, but only had chinese writing on them. Can anybody help me identify the stones?

Thanks.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower


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#1 posted 06-30-2008 09:04 PM

try going to www.japanwoodworker.com they might be able to help you.

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#2 posted 07-01-2008 04:35 AM

Water stones are much softer than oilstones in my experience.

You may be able to carve off the corner of a waterstone with a
utility knife. That’s one test.

Try using water to polish the back of s chisel or plane iron.
If the stone works you probably have a waterstone. Get
a Nagura stone for cleaning the glaze off your stones too.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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#3 posted 07-01-2008 04:41 AM

You can damage a water stone with oil but you can’t hurt an oil stone with water. Put water on it and it beads up then it is an oil stone but if it soaks up the water then it is an water stone. Water stones are very pourous and soak up water like a spongue.

-- Scott - Chico California http://chicowoodnut.home.comcast.net

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#4 posted 07-01-2008 07:35 AM

Thanks a lot, got water stone, just what i was hoping for. I have an ouil stone and wanted to try a water stone.

Can I just leave the stone in water in a tupperware container when not in use, to help it staying nice and wet?

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#5 posted 07-02-2008 12:03 AM

That’s what a lot of people do.

-- Scott - Chico California http://chicowoodnut.home.comcast.net

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#6 posted 07-02-2008 03:03 AM

Should be fine as long as the water doesn’t freeze.

Keep the water clean of dark metal swarf which will
gradually clog the pores of the stone.

Its best to clean your stones after use and put them
in fresh water but not necessary to be obsessive about
it.

Waterstones get “glazed” easily and need to be cleaned
with a Nagura stone.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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#7 posted 07-02-2008 04:08 PM

lol, not much freezing here in Southern California.

I need to get myself a Nagura stone, thanks Loren.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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