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Knife sharpening...Is it bad for your knives to sharpen with a stone and water, as opposed to using a stone and oil?

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    Knife sharpening...Is it bad for your knives to sharpen with a stone and water, as opposed to using a stone and oil?

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    Old timers will tell you to use oil but its really not a good choice. Oil traps in dirt and shavings. Also makes the stone less abrasive and therefore less effective at sharpening. Use water to clean the stone after sharpening.

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    • #3
      Japanese waterstones must be lubricated only with water, and never with oil, so I guess it depends on the type of stone.

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      • #4
        You hit it 99. There are oil stones and water stones. Arkansas stones are oil stones. Carborundum stones are water stones. I ruined a very nice Norton carborundum stone by soaking it in oil! It would still work on my old Case and Schrade pocket knives, but I had to wash it in hot soapy water between knives!

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