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Jim L. Oct 3, 2016

  1. Jim L.

    Jim L. knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

    In an earlier post I mentioned using soapstone instead of chalk when filing. The results are promising. OH, My God.

    -The files don't load up much if at all.

    -the files cut _much_ better and are much cleaner requiring brushing a lot less.

    -Less load up greatly reduces gouging resulting in a smoother surface.

    -Less/little rusting on both the file and metal being worked during down times.

    -Older files with persistent rust appear cleaner and sharper.

    The hydrophobic and "lubricating properties apparently come from the fact that soapstone is mined from talc quarries.

    I think I've bought my last chalk. Soapstone is more expensive but I use so much less than chalk plus it seems healthier for my files.

    I might be blowing sunshine up my own butt on this, but. Comments are welcome.
    Jim L.
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  2. Jim L.

    Jim L. knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

    Well, overnight high humidity and rain. No rust on work piece,files or filings. I think I have a winner.

    Jim L.
  3. PolishAvenger

    PolishAvenger Average member

    Helluva idea! I'm gonna have to give that a shot, I think.
    Jim L. likes this.

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