J. R. Weekley (jmar@IX.NETCOM.COM)
Tue, 10 Sep 1996 07:37:32 -0700
I would imagine, as many of you have already surmised, that the term
"wetstone" came about from the fact that many people use water to
lubricate and carry away metal particles when sharpening. A good
example would be the Japanese waterstones which are good quality stones
for putting a fine edge on edged tools.
I have been informed (and I personally believe this to be true) that
one should not use oil on their fine natural stones. The reason for
this is that many oils will start gumming over time and will start to
seal the pores in the stone. Eventually you will have a stone that is
glazed and that will not work as well. This is not much of a problem
with stones that were made specifically for use with oil such as many
of the synthetic stones on the market.
I use some form of lubricant on all of my stones when sharpening. If I
use them dry, I will soon get an area of powdered sharpening media and
metal on the stone. At this point, the sharpening efficency of the
stone goes down. This powder mix will also get into the pores of the
stone and will degrade cutting ability of the stone unless it is
If anyone is masochistic enough to want me to ramble further on the
subject of sharpening, please contact me directly. Please list the
subect as "stones-Rick".
Thank you for listening.
I hope this helps.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City