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    Default Help identifying a sharpening stone

    I have had this stone for a long time. Probably 15+ years. It has had little use. But I may have been abusing it.
    I think it is an oilstone but am unsure. Can anyone ID the stone from the words on the box.
    I have given the stone a good clean up using turps, white spirits and metho, followed up with multiple cleans in soapy water.
    I'd be interested to know if it is an oilstone or waterstone, and then particularly how to care for it better in future.
    Any help or info appreciated.
    Lyle.
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    I had a crack at this using automated tools. I made the assumption it was Japanese (it looks more Japanese than Chinese to me).

    The image needed some manipulation before the OCR would work it's magic, but I'm afraid it needs more special sauce to make something usable.

    For the first line I got "Shallow crab slave"

    For the second line I got "Forest farming waterfall"

    Somehow, I think someone conversant in the language might be needed here

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    Is the brand on it 'Towa'? If so Towa is a Japanese brand and the stone will more than likely be Japanese. Being Japanese it is most likely to be a water stone. Is it single or two grits? Does it look to be a natural stone or man made?
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    I don't speak Japanese but 'Shallow crab slave' sounds about right....

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    I tried an image translate and it came out:

    For Kanina
    Cutter Finishing Stone
    Search company tokawa electric office
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    Yep I had no luck translating.
    It is not double sided. Just single grit. I think it is manufactured not natural stone.
    Seems very fine grit to me but I'm not sure.
    Lyle.

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    I'd be guessing it is a manufactured waterstone for touching up, but not regrinding the blade in a kanna plane.
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    Possibly part of the kit with a Towa electric plane.
    Youve got it in the wrong category thatís why no one knew.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clear out View Post
    Possibly part of the kit with a Towa electric plane.
    Agree. Have a Towa electric hand plane my father gave me years ago and that looks very familiar. I still have the stone but not the box.

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    Its a finishing stone for electric planner blades.

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    I have a red stone with my Towa Planner. I use it as a water stone.
    I am learning, slowley.

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    OK, thanks for the replies. I bought it a long set of years ago. Been using it occassionaly for small knives lubricating it with oil. Have I ruined it??? I cleaned it with mineral turps, a good soaking, then a soaking in white spirits, followed by a soaking in metho.
    All followed up with a soak and scrub in hot/warm soapy water, then a clean water rinse and dry.
    Lyle.

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    It's just a rough surface to grind metal. Use it with water and if it gets a blade sharp it's fine. If it won't soak the water up because there is still oil in there, use it with oil. If it gets a blade sharp it's fine. If it doesn't cut any more no matter what you do, throw it away. It's not like it's an irreplaceable antique.
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