On Wed, 27 Oct 2004 14:02:04 GMT, "Doug Kanter"
Varies a lot depending on the stone, particularly the coarseness of
A stone is "wet" when you can splash water on the top surface and it
doesn't sink straight into it. For my hard stones (mainly the fine
stones) this is a matter of a few splashes and letting them sit for a
moment. For the 1000 King "brick", it's an hour's soaking in its
My stones up to 1500 grit are stored wet, in Tupperware boxes. I keep
them inside the house to avoid frost, and a splash of TCP stops algae
growing. Stones finer than this, or natural stones (because of their
cost), are stored dry and soaked as needed.
In use, a "stone" doesn't cut, the wet slurry on the top does the
cutting. So keep it wet, but don't try to wash it clean. I just
dribble a bit from my fingertips.