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Re: water stone

I'm being a bit dense today too...

Does an Arkansas stone use oil or water?

Karl F. Best
kfbest@mediaone.net          "A Luddite with a Laptop..."
Chelmsford, MA

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> [mailto:BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU]On Behalf Of Chris Palmer
> Sent: Friday, June 15, 2001 2:32 PM
> Subject: Re: water stone
> > Sorry to be dim, but could someone explain what
> > a water stone is? At first I thought it was a
> > whetstone, but that doesn't seem to be the case.
> A waterstone is a whetstone, that is a stone used to sharpen knives,  but
> one that uses water instead of oil for the lubricant.
> Waterstones have several advantages over oil stones:
> 1. They cut much faster. But because the waterstones are softer, they wear
> quicker than oilstones and occasionally have to be flattened.
> 2. You have water, not oil, on your fingers, so there is less chance of
> accidentally marking your work.
> Waterstones have pretty much taken over from oilstones in woodworking....
> Chris

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