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hope you guys dont mind (another newb Q)

Fri Sep 21, 2012 11:57 pm

Are all natural stones to be stored in water permanently, even if the sides and bottom is coated with laquer or some other substance? I just very recently was given a good size piece of a j natstone, a pinkish red stone that is supposed to be about 4.5 hardness and mid to high teens in grit (15000-18000) but the stone has some sort of coating around the sides and bottom. So do I leave it(and any othet subsequent naturals I may aquire) in water or no? Thanks for you guys help and patience.

Re: hope you guys dont mind (another newb Q)

Sat Sep 22, 2012 12:38 am

The accepted practice is to NEVER store natural stones in water. Some Japanese natural stones can be destroyed if you do this. Nor is it necessary or desirable to soak them before use. Wet the surface sparingly and work up a slurry or mud, and when finished rinse and let dry out of sunlight or high heat to avoid cracking.

Re: hope you guys dont mind (another newb Q)

Sat Sep 22, 2012 9:21 pm

A good question. And Rick answered it perfectly too :)

The lacquer coating around the stone is specifically there to help prevent cracking. There are a few stones that can be soaked but as a generalization don't soak naturals.


Re: hope you guys dont mind (another newb Q)

Sun Sep 23, 2012 4:10 pm

Told you I was new to all of this waterstone stuff. Great place to learn. Thanks for the help.

Re: hope you guys dont mind (another newb Q)

Tue Sep 25, 2012 3:34 pm

One of my JNats likes to be spritzed and left and spritzed again before sharpening. Kinda like my Shapton Pros. But you do not soak JNats; they are the original splash-n-go!
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