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steveVa    Posted 04-20-2017 at 18:32:36 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • 35 years ago I bought my grandfathers sharpening stones at his estate sale. Ever since then I have sharpened my own knives using mainly one his old stones, mainly a white one that makes a very nice edge. The honing oil I used for years came with the stones in a blue plastic squeeze bottle. When that ran out I got the same brand, but the latest bottle said honing "solution". I have used the "solution" for the last year, but noticed that I was not getting as good of an edge. Luckily I ran out of the "solution". And luckily I found some "Norton" sharpening stone "oil". Wow what a difference!!! Like new again. At the risk of causing a run and raising the price, this Norton oil works really well and is real mineral oil. I read the label on the "solution" and it is not oil at all. So if you want really sharp knives and tools try this Norton oil...

    Tyler (MD)    Posted 04-25-2017 at 16:18:11 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I use the Norton oil. Good stuff. Also have a Norton 2 sided stone. Coarse and fine.


    Farmer Dan    Posted 04-22-2017 at 10:06:58 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I have always used 30W motor oil. :-) cheaper and easier to find.

    steveVa    Posted 04-22-2017 at 11:45:28 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • You know, I just bought a bunch of 30w the other day, and I have used it for sharpening. For some reason dollar general had all of their 30w on the clearance rack.
    Wonder why they would do that.

    Farmer Dan    Posted 04-22-2017 at 15:36:41 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Dollar General here does that when stuff don't sell.
    They had cans of PB Blaster on clearance for $1.50 I bought two cases of it.
    A month later they have it back on the shelf at full price.
    I don't question them I just keep an eye on the clearance rack ;-)

    Charles (N.C.)    Posted 04-21-2017 at 09:41:39 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Having used knives all my working years I owned and used an oil stone (3 in 1 case) and all that was used was light mineral oil or light cooking oil because of anything else might get transferred and thus contaminated.My choice was / is light mineral oil but the stones need to be "hot water" cleaned at times to remove particals for better sharpening.Still have these stones and knives and still use them.Sharpening is done toe to heal across front of blade at about 15 / 20 deg angle.

    36 coupe    Posted 04-21-2017 at 06:22:36 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • You can buy mineral oil at drug stores and grocery stores.Grampa used it as a laxative.Water works too.It keeps the metal particles from plugging the stone. You can just spit on an axe stone and avoid spending money on solutions.

    steveVa    Posted 04-21-2017 at 09:03:34 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I always heard just what you say, that anything will work. That may be true to say it works, but does it work as well as one thing or another. All I can say is that this Norton oil works better then anything I have tried and it is not expensive just a few bucks. My knives all have really nice even edges on them because this oil was smooth as glass, but seemed to give a bite to the stone.

    36 coupe    Posted 04-24-2017 at 19:37:35 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Oil or water serves to float the metal particles off the stone.A stone would clog up and stop cutting if used dry.I have had a sharpening shop since 1970.Began sharpening tools around 1950.Retired now.

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