- Noun: oilstone 'oyl`stown
- A whetstone for use with oil
Derived forms: oilstones
Type of: whetstone
A fine-grained stone used to impart a sharp edge on tools; oil is used to lubricate the rubbing surface.
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- As the name implies, oilstones require oil as a lubricant.
- Besides the well-known oilstone, waterstones and diamond stones are also available.
- Since water is less viscous than oil, the stones cut faster than oilstones.
- Oilstones are available as natural stone, aluminum-oxide or silicon-carbide composition stones.
- Many woodworkers do not like oilstones.