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    Sharpening edges...

    I'm trying to find a good lubricant for my diamond stones. Any suggestions (hopefully as easy as going to Home Depot, or better yet, homemade)?

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    This is what I use. Great stuff!

    http://www.tognar.com/edge-polishing-solution-2-oz/
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    I use water. Works fine, cheap, and readily available. You can also mix it with a tiny (very tiny) bit of dish detergent to act as a surfactant. Just be sure to use a clean soft cloth to wipe off swarf (metal particles) after every 10-20 passses.

    The polishing fluids you buy are typically water-based cutting fluids. They have surfactants added. You want water or water-based fluids for diamond stones. You can use oil-based fluids with natural stones, like arkansas stones. But, once oil-based fluids are used, you can no longer switch back to water.

    Yes, you can buy honing fluid anywhere, but be sure to check the contents to know what you are buying (oil vs water).
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    What happens if you have just been using the diamond stone dry all season? (Not that I know anyone who has been doing that)

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckp7600 View Post
    What happens if you have just been using the diamond stone dry all season? (Not that I know anyone who has been doing that)
    Ha! I was thinking the same thing.... Uh-oh, I've got no surfactants! Couple that with some bad dough conditioner and you might as well stay home....
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    I mix water w/isopropayl alcohol. 70/30My problem is cleaning the dang stone so I get good cutting

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    Water works just fine, but never put oil on a diamond stone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckp7600 View Post
    What happens if you have just been using the diamond stone dry all season? (Not that I know anyone who has been doing that)
    WHAT! YOU'VE BEEN TUNING WITH A DRY STONE!!!???

    I don't think it does anything detrimental to either the edge or the stone, but according to multiple websites the solution makes for more efficient sharpening while preserving the life of the stone.

    I've used both the SunValleySkiTools secret sauce, probably the same stuff JT had posted, and water with some dish detergent. I think skituning101.com addresses this. Very useful website. I find the spray bottle of the secret sauce okay. Having a small bowl or tupperware filled with water/detergent solution really allows me to clean out the stone of debris better than the spray bottle. And believe me, a ton of metal debris is to be seen post tunning 1 pair of skis (doing a progression of stones from 100, 200, 400, and 600 grit).

    Speaking of tuning, how many of you do a light pass with a gummi stone to take out the hanging file bur/ribbon and if so, is it necessary to do that between each change of stone or pass?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FuMan View Post
    Speaking of tuning, how many of you do a light pass with a gummi stone to take out the hanging file bur/ribbon and if so, is it necessary to do that between each change of stone or pass?
    Hey FuMan!!! I have both Red (s0ft) and Gray (hard) Gummis. They are a great little touch-up tool in my kit. I usually only apply them after my 600 or 1200 girt DMT's for that nuisance burr or nick that the DMT cannot effectively hit.
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    Guys, thanks for the responses! Bob, how much is a "tiny bit"? Say I've got a 4oz. mister spray bottle.

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