> I'd like to use this for sharpening, dressing metal surfaces, etc. I
> experimented with it and it seems to work better without
> using a lubricant
> than with one (I used 3-in-1 oil). I searched a bit on Google and got
> conflicting information. Some sites say use water, some say
> any non-drying
> lubricant, others say no lubricant.
> What does the list think?
What I was taught was that using an oilstone dry would lead to the pores
clogging with metal fragments and eventually ruin the stone. It's not so
much a matter of making the stone work better each time, only lasting
longer. But with the right oil, it will cut just as fast (or faster).
Water (again so I was taught) should only be used on waterstones, which are
different (softer) than oilstones. Easier to use, but don't last as long.
I've been using the same can of honing oil so long that I've forgotten where
I got it, probably K-mart or some such place. It's a mineral oil, (3-in-1
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