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Norton India & oil

At first I tried kerosene, and found that it just runs/soaks through the stone. Food grade mineral oil does the same.

Is the oil supposed to stay on top of the stone?

I have thought about trying gear oil...

Input will be appreciated.


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Norton India Stone is made from Aluminium Oxide. This is a Water stone. You use it with water rather than oil.

Edit: Maybe not . .. I've not personally tried a synthetic stone with oil but apparently you can do this.
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I was expecting the oil to stay on top of the stone after saturating it with oil. Instead the oil kept running through the stone.

Maybe after it gets some use, the stone will start to plug up...and keep some oil on top.

Or, maybe oil does not pool up on the surface of these stones.
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It mentions that India stones use oil.