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    Q's on Arkansas Stones.....

    A friend has asked me to help with sharpening his knives on his arkansas stones. I have no experience with these stones. Pretty much the same usage as Japanese synthetic waterstones?

    I've heard that if they have been used with oil, you have to continue to use oil. True? Why would one want to use oil instead of water? seems like more chances for transfer to clothes/furniture/whatever.

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    I like water but I have heard that you can clean one that's been used with oil in the dishwasher...may want to wait to hear from someone who's done it before though. Seems to me that it takes more effort to use those stones, any reason not to use waterstones and just knock it out?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chinacats View Post
    I like water but I have heard that you can clean one that's been used with oil in the dishwasher...may want to wait to hear from someone who's done it before though. Seems to me that it takes more effort to use those stones, any reason not to use waterstones and just knock it out?
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    oil stones, that's what I started with many,many,many years ago

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    For tips on removing oil from Arkansas refer the many advices from SRP.
    http://straightrazorplace.com/hones/...old-stone.html

    In my experience, oil has better tactile feedback than water on Arkansas. It also prevents the swarf from penetrating the pores for longer period of time. But once it clogs up the pores, it's harder to get it out. The problem with something like black Arkie is that it's pretty hard to lap, since the stone is so damn hard.

    I'd follow some of the instructions from SRP (like using the oven cleaner), then lap it using sand paper till the shiny clogged surface is removed. If the oil didn't penetrate too much, you might be able to get it out and use it wet or dry. I'd personally give up on Arkie and exchange it for something like Norton 4k/8k (which is about what black Arkie will do).

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    Never use mine anymore as they are slow slow slow compared to a good waterstone.

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    Agreed. I would take your waterstones, if you are going to be doing the sharpening. Maybe rehab his stones if they need it, but they are very slow in comparison to what you are probably used to, and frequently quite narrow (1-2 inches).
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    Sounds like there is a reason these stones aren't as popular as they used to be.
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    Also I don't think they can cut hard or complex steels, at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TB_London View Post
    Never use mine anymore as they are slow slow slow compared to a good waterstone.
    True, they are slow, but I still get a kick out of using them every once in awhile. The black is in my progression for razors.

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