I’m finally investing into some sharpening equipment, but I’ve always had this question in the back of my mind, perhaps someone can calm me down before I use any of it:
“Are you seriously telling me to put water on my expensive chisels?” 🙂
I have a table saw with a large cast iron top I bought used. I must have spent a week cleaning the rust off it. Now whenever a drop of liquid lands on the cast iron top – I almost freak out, because it takes literally just a few seconds for that drop to cause a stain.
Also the cheap chisels I use for cleaning off glue have some stains on them, even though I wipe them off reasonably quickly.
Is that less of an issue with good tool steels? Or is it that they’ll get repolished soon enough, so whatever little damage the water does will get removed?
I read in a sharpening book that there’s no such thing as completely stainless steel, and water causes corrosion even if you wipe it off because there are microscopic spaces in the steel where it will remain.
Thanks in advance for telling me I worry about nothing 🙂