Arkansas stone - oil or water?

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Forum topic by unisaw posted 11-24-2012 04:43 PM 1187 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-24-2012 04:43 PM

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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 11-24-2012 04:47 PM

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

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#3 posted 11-24-2012 05:33 PM

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 11-24-2012 05:49 PM

Thanks. Oil it is.

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#5 posted 11-26-2012 12:51 AM

Kerosene and mineral oil mixture. That is honing oil.

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