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    ???When using an Arkansas surgical black slipstone to sharpen flexcraft tools and micro tools. Do I need to use oil on the stone?
    Water? Spit? (no kidding) was told that is what Hobos used??? and will it hurt the tools to just use water? If I must use oil-what kind? thanks

  • #2
    Re: sharpening flex tools

    First off, you will not hurt your tools whether you use oil, water, or bodily fluids.

    The liquids are used to 'float' the metal that is removed from the tools during sharpening.

    On a new unused Arkansas you have your choice of fluids or you can even use it dry. But, once you use oil on it, you can't use it dry again.

    If I was starting with a new surgical black Arkansas stone, I would use baby oil. It is cheap, available, smells good, is good for your skin, and will float metal dust just fine.

    (To use a new Arkansas dry, you use an eraser to clean it)
    This has benefits if you like to hike and carve.

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    • #3
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      Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.....we're supposed to SHARPEN our tools ? :-/

      Teri :
      "Santas for the Soul" &&Original Carvings by Teri Embrey&&http://www.teriembrey.com&&[email protected]

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      • #4
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        Yes, unless you come to Seattle every few months.

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        • #5
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          Hmmmm...sounds like a much better plan. I kind of liked just kicking back in your backyard and chatting while you went to work sharpening all my tools! I could just consider it another 'tool' :-)

          Teri
          "Santas for the Soul" &&Original Carvings by Teri Embrey&&http://www.teriembrey.com&&[email protected]

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          • #6
            Re: sharpening flex tools

            I learned using the saliva method has worked for over 50 years (just don't try it while chewing tobacco -- yuuuukkkkkk!). The thing with saliva is you've always got it with you.

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            • #7
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              I'm with Teri although I can do a so so job of sharpening my tools I am certainly not good at it. When my knives and gouges get dull and honing wont bring back that edge I package them all up and take them to a fellow carver who can put the edge back on them in no time flat. It is an art to sharpen tools, as one old timer once told me 'Sharpening is the first part of the carving process'. Back to that fellow carver friend of mine he charges me $1.00 a tool and to me it is worth every cent.
              Colin

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              • #8
                Re: sharpening flex tools

                Ed, is that saliva stuff the same as spit?

                Al

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                • #9
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                  It's saliva on Sat and Sun, spit during the week.

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                  • #10
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                    [quote author=AlArchie link=board=Beginner;num=1060910786;start=0#7 date=08/17/03 at 06:20:56]Ed, is that saliva stuff the same as spit?

                    Al[/quote]



                    'The spittin' image' :

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                    • #11
                      Re: sharpening flex tools

                      Thank you all for the great reponses to my sharpening questions. I am a wiser wood carver today than yesterday.

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                      • #12
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                        And I am outstanding in my field.......but then, I am going to have to walk back to the house soon, dinners ready!

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                        • #13
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                          Oh NO! No more chewing tobacy! Guess there will be no more spit and whittle men on the street corners. What are those old men going to do?

                          Diamond stones and leather strops forever!!!!Well, for a while anyway!

                          Happy Carving
                          Safety first, then enjoy carving! Ken Caney, Ks

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                          • #14
                            Re: sharpening flex tools

                            Has anyone had much luck with the ceramic stones? No oil, no water, just plain ol ceramic....
                            Cheers
                            Ric

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                            • #15
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                              Yup, I'm all for paying someone ELSE to sharpen my tools. I will continue to work at it, and maybe someday I'll be a sharpener....but I don't see it happening any too soon.

                              Just tonight I ruined the edge on one of my favorite gouges trying to sharpen it on a ceramic stone. It wasn't the stone's fault...surely it's mine.

                              I just ordered the Burke Sharpening System (from Rick at Littleshavers.com). We'll see if that makes a difference. If not, oh well....I'll just make regular trips to Rick's house!

                              Teri
                              "Santas for the Soul" &&Original Carvings by Teri Embrey&&http://www.teriembrey.com&&[email protected]

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