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Thread: Whetstone cleaning

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    Boolit Man metricmonkeywrench's Avatar
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    Whetstone cleaning

    Seems like the right forum. Pretty simple question, how do you clean a whetstone? I have a 20+ year old 1 1/2 x 4 1/2 fine (Buck Arkansas i think) whetstone. It has always been used with oil, and sharpened hundreds of knives. I think the use of CLP while in the military didn't help.

    Any tips on cleaning and truing?

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    Too far west of where I should be.
    Cheapest way to unload and flatten it is to 'skate it' on some 280 to 320 grit Wet-or-Dri paper on a surface plate or a sheet of glass. Might want to apply some mineral oil to the Wet-or-Dri paper.
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    Boolit Master

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    Boil it in a dish detergent solution.
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    Boolit Master
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    I use mine in a solvent tank on a piece of flat steel. Is is amazing how fast the stuff comes off. Hot detergent water on a flat of steel will work, too, but not quite as fast. Just use it flat as if stoning the plate.

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    If you have a sonic cleaner and the solution is ready to be changed, clean it there.
    The above advice is very good also.
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    Boolit Master
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    Tom, VA
    I use kerosene and a wire brush.

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    I've always used dish washing soap and as hot water I could stand. Usually after 10 or 12 times use.
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    Boolit Bub
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    West Michigan, USA
    I use Ajax/Bar Keepers Friend and a bit of water, and the aforementioned wire brush. Soak her good with your honing oil when she’s clean.

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