Best Lubricant for Diamond Sharpening Stones

Best Lubricant for Diamond Sharpening Stones
Best Lubricant to use for Diamond Sharpening Stones
The best lubricant to use for diamond sharpening stones is a product called Krud Kutter. While plain water, windex ect. will work, Krud Kutter is the best lubricant to use for diamond sharpening stones. It is economical and a quart bottle can be purchased at your local Lowes or Home Depot for around $8 and a quart is going to last you a very, very long time. Also, using Krud Kutter for a lubricant makes cleaning your diamond stones very easy.
To lubricate your stone spray enough Krud Kutter on the stone so that it puddles up. As you are sharpening there should be a good puddle in front of your blade as your are moving it back and forth. If the stone starts to dry out simply spray on a little more Krud Kutter and continue sharpening.
Keeping a good puddle on the stone prevents the metal shavings from clogging the stone which slows down the sharpening process. Also, If metal shavings from your blade get stuck in the nooks and crannies of the stone, those metal shavings will rust making it appear your stone has rusted. If it appears your diamond sharpening stone has rust, follow the instructions below under the heading How to Remove Rust From Diamond Sharpening Stones. It is a very simple procedure and takes only a minute or two.
Diamond sharpening stones require the least maintenance of all stones but they do need to be cleaned periodically to maintain optimum performance. Below are some simple instructions on how to clean and remove rust from diamond sharpening stones.
How to Clean Diamond Sharpening Stones
To clean your diamond sharpening stones just spray on enough Krud Kutter on the stone so it puddles up. Then, use a nylon brush (like a brush used to clean your fingernails) and scrub the stone. You do not have to scrub real hard or apply a lot of pressure. Just use the brush to work the Krud Kutter down into the nooks and crannies of the stone. You can now rinse them off with warm water. We continue to gently scrub the stone while rinsing to ensure any metal shavings are thoroughly rinsed from the stone. Be sure to allow them to dry before putting them away.
How to Remove Rust from Diamond Sharpening Stones
For real deep cleaning or if they get discolored, use a product called Bar Keepers Friend. It's only a couple dollars and available almost everywhere. Bar Keepers Friend is available in liquid and powder form. Both work just as well but we prefer the liquid form.
First, clean the stones with Krud Kutter as described above and pat them dry with a paper towel. Then, put enough Bar Keepers Friend on the stone so it can be spread evenly over the surface of the stone. Using your nylon brush, spread the Bar Keepers Friend evenly on the stone. Gently scrub the stone with the nylon brush for a minute or two. Rinse the stone off with warm water while continuing to gently scrub with the brush. Any rust or discoloration will be gone and your diamond sharpening stones will be as good as new. Just be sure to allow the stone to dry thoroughly before putting them away.
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