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Discussion in 'The Cutting Edge' started by gwalchmai, Mar 24, 2010.
Which is better and why, and on what stones?
I assume you mean sharpening stones, for knives? I prefer water, easy cleanup and doesn't leave a mess like oil does. Stones, I have no idea, I have three or four that I picked up at garage sales for a dime a piece. I have no idea what their lineage is nor who made them, but they sharpen my knives just fine.
Sorry, yes, I meant which do you prefer for lubricating and cleaning your stones. Obviously water stones would use water, but do any other stones work better with oil or water?
Another q - can you switch to water after using oil on a stone?
I use DMT diamond whet stones w/ water as they suggest. An 8000 grit diamond stone will put a pretty keen edge on a knife.
I have always used an oil stone, until I bought a DMT diamond stone.
It says to use water, which I have. I just don't think it does that great of a job.
I've used diamond "stones" for a long time. They're great for building an edge, but I don't think they hone as well as rocks do.
The 8000 grit does, the only thing I know of that might do better is a 10000 grit japanese water stone.
I have a hals pro edge three stone custom kit, it has a hard ark, a surgical translucent, and a hard black, I use oil on it, and I have a lanskys, I use oil in it too, I love both of these sharpeners and use them both frequently. They both do a great job.
I think the finest diamond I have is 600. Yes, I bet an 8000 would be great!
Water. Once you go to oil, you can't go back to water. So stay with water.
I started out with oil (back in the '70s) and moved on to water.