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Subject:
In western use

ian neuhaus
I don't think waterstones were "flat" till late in the 20th century.
Before then western waterstones were typically large (2 to 6 ft diameter) discs lubricated with water. I'm not sure how these stones were kept flat across their width -- perhaps it was by using the whole with when sharpening.

I think there is a picture of these stones in use at Theirs in Leonard Lee's book.

On the other hand, a lot of old Oil stones are found slightly dished in the wild.

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