I usually use a Lansky sharpening system for my knife honing needs, along with Smith's Honing Solution. I like the Smiths over regular honing oil as it's non-petroleum based and as such, doesn't stain and cleans up easy. I recently got my hands on one of Cold Steel's Special Forces shovels and would like to work on the edge some. I have one of Lansky's Puck sharpeners, which I've used on larger tasks in past. My issue is that the stone is REALLY thirsty- I feel like I can easily pour several tablespoons of honing solution into it, and I only have a small bottle on hand. What I DO have in fair supply, is mineral oil (food grade, suitable for using on wood cutting boards.) In the distant past I've used water for my hones, but after having a few of develop rust from embedded metal filings I steer clear. Long winded background done, anyone out there have any experience using mineral oil as a cutting fluid with your honing stones? Is this a suitable substitute for honing oil/solution, or am I just going to end up with a gummy, sticky stone? Advice, suggestions or warnings are welcome, thanks. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!