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#1 posted 06-08-2012 11:21 PM

Camillia oil is just a light vegetable oil, so I would think any light vegetable oil would work just as well. You might just want to test it on some wood and make sure it doesn’t wreak havoc with your finish.

There are as many ways to sharpen as there are woodworkers. I would suggest picking one that looks good to you, buy/find some detailed instruction, and follow that method. I bought a David Charlesworth DVD from LN and went with his water stone method. It, like most methods, works pretty well. If you like Schwarz’s method, and he strops, do it; if he doesn’t, don’t. Once you’ve got some experience you can tinker and fine tune to your personal liking, but to get started I’d follow some established method you can do, and afford the kit for.

edit – Looking at the source article, and Schwarz’s blog, LV only calls for light oil; sounds like 3 in 1 would work just fine. http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/page.aspx?p=68943&cat=1,43072

-- John


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