Arkansas stone - oil or water?

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I purchased a stone from woodcraft many years ago and not sure if I lubricated it and if I did what I used. I want to use it now and not certain of I should use oil or water. Thanks.

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#2 posted 508 days ago

I’d like to know the difference between oil and water stones. Can someone tell me?

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#3 posted 508 days ago

The fundamental difference lies in the natural stones that artificial ones now imitate.

Arkansas stones, along with many other traditional oilstones, are made of novaculite which is a microcrystalline sedimentary rock (almost all oilstones were chert of one form or another).

Waterstones are sedimentary as well, but Japan’s geology produces a lot of clay. Their softer sharpening stones are essentially fine silicate particles bonded into clay.

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#4 posted 508 days ago

Thanks. Oil it is.

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#5 posted 507 days ago

Kerosene and mineral oil mixture. That is honing oil.

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