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post #1 of 4 Old 12-15-2016, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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What do you use on your Diamond 'stones' ?

What do you use on your Diamond 'stones' to lubricate them? I've watched a lot of in-general YouTube sharpening videos and the choice varies all over the place: some folks don't use anything, some plain water, soapy water, whatever oil or cutting fluid they have at hand, and fancy and expensive special diamond stone lube.

I don't like the 'dry' method, but it does seem that as long as the 'stone' is wet with something, it works just fine.

What do you use? Any recommendations / dos / don'ts ??

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what ever's on hand

I use Brake Cleaner, WD 40, Kerosene, depending on what's handy. I will also use them dry. I have the 4 sided "stone" from Harbor Freight and for the money, about $10.00 or so I got 3 of them. I keep one in the kitchen, one in the wood shop and one for hunting knives. A few strokes and I have razor sharp edge.

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I use water. Works fine to carry off the swarf, and none of the mess of oil

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Sounds good, thanks for the posts. I have a new quandary, though. The Trend 'credit card' diamond stone I ordered came in late yesterday. The package states to have the five year warranty, I must use their special lapping fluid. But... the instructions also recommends it but also says your can use plan water, too. So I don't know if using just water voids the warranty or not.

This warranty thing is important as I'm getting the big Trend 8" two-sided 'stone' for Christmas and would hate to screw up the warranty on something so expensive just to save a few buck on lapping fluid.
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