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I found a bunch of sharpening stones that belonged to my father. Some of them are very worn and canít be saved, but some are in good shape. How do I tell if they are oil stones or water stones?
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One way is to drop a little water on them if it beads up they have been used with oil, another is color though it is not a sure method, most 'western' stones tend to be grey the Carborundum type and usually have been used with oil while 'Japanese' water stones at least the synthetic ones tend to be red or white and much finer in grit. Hope that helps.

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Hi Kel,
Thanks for the response. I have been using them with oil and they have been working out fine. If a stone is a water stone and I use oil on it would it ruin the stone?
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