Telling the difference

Discussion in 'UK DIY' started by David White, Dec 11, 2004.

  1. David White

    David White Guest

    How do you tell the difference between an oil-stone and a wet-stone?

    David.
     
    David White, Dec 11, 2004
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  2. On 11 Dec 2004, David White wrote

    > How do you tell the difference between an oil-stone and a wet-stone?


    Unless this is a riddle that's gone over my head, the obvious answer is
    "You don't, since the latter's a "whet" stone, and you use oil on it".

    (Or so I was led to believe.)

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    Cheers,
    Harvey
     
    Harvey Van Sickle, Dec 11, 2004
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  3. David White

    Set Square Guest

    In an earlier contribution to this discussion,
    David White <> wrote:

    > How do you tell the difference between an oil-stone and a wet-stone?
    >
    > David.


    This may not be a cast iron definition, but . . .

    An oil stone is usually brick-shaped and grey in colour - and you sharpen
    chisels and plane blades on it, lubricated by oil.

    A wet stone is lighter in colour, and often circular - and rotates in a
    trough of water as you turn a handle. It's used for sharpening knives. The
    butcher in the village where I was brought up used to use one.
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    Set Square, Dec 11, 2004
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    Rob Morley Guest

    In article <Xns95BCE7663EBC2whhvans@194.168.222.121>, "Harvey Van
    Sickle" says...
    > On 11 Dec 2004, David White wrote
    >
    > > How do you tell the difference between an oil-stone and a wet-stone?

    >
    > Unless this is a riddle that's gone over my head, the obvious answer is
    > "You don't, since the latter's a "whet" stone, and you use oil on it".
    >

    I suspect whetstone is a general term, covering any bit of stone-like
    stuff used for sharpening blades, so could be applied to one using
    water, oil or nothing at all as a lubricant/coolant.
     
    Rob Morley, Dec 12, 2004
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  5. David White

    David White Guest

    "raden" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > In message <cpfssp$m5d$>, David White
    > <> writes
    > >How do you tell the difference between an oil-stone and a wet-stone?
    > >
    > >David.
    > >

    > To whet - to sharpen by rubbing or to make more acute
    >
    > That's English, that is ...
    >
    > --
    > geoff


    Thanks for the English lesson, Goeff!

    David
     
    David White, Dec 13, 2004
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