Re: sharpening stones
Jim Peterson (jpeterson@TZNET.COM)
Sat, 7 Sep 1996 12:18:45 -0600
At 05:57 PM 9/6/96 -0300, you wrote:
>Some questions for the knife & axe experts of the group:
>I've heard of sharpening stones being referred to as "wetstones" or
>"whetstones". Which is correct?
>I used to have an Arkansas stone which I wetted with household oil.
>I used it for years but it recently broke ;-( So I purchased an
>official BSA sharpening stone from our Scout Store. However oil
>soaks right into that stone. Is it supposed to be wetted/soaked with
>water or what?
As others have already said, its "whetstone". As to your other question,
I am assuming you bought the aluminum oxide stone for $4.25.
If this is the case, no you don't need to wet it, with oil or water. This
type of stone is designed to be used dry. Ass to it's effetiveness, I
strongly prefer a two-stone system, with Arkansas stones and a good oil. Use
the soft stone first, finish with the hard stone, then use a steel for
touch-ups. The BSA catalog sells an Arkansas kit with oil for $12.75. For
MAJOR sharpening jobs (like when my wife uses one of my knives for digging
in the garden) or when I have several knives to sharpen, I use a Wen (brand
name) Wet Wheel, which uses a motorized sharpening wheel with a pump to keep
the surface wet. The built-in angle-guide keeps the blade in the proper
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