Now this may sound like a very new guy question to some, but I know people have differing opinions, and I would like a few on the subject. I just picked up a brand new Fiskar's "x15" 23.5" axe today. (pic below) First I would like your opinion on the fiskar's brand. I know it is not a whetterlings or a bruks, but from what I have heard this axe would be #3 if those were the top two. Is this accurate?
Second, I picked up a 6x2x3/4in. coarse/fine combo stone today for the axe, my other axe's knives, ect. The stone itself recommends honing oil. I know there are petroleum based oils, and water based oils. All I ever used sharpening in the past was either spit on the stone or give it a quick dip in whatever clean water was handy. Is this a viable method? It's what I was taught. Was I taught wrong? Will it harm the stone or blade being sharpened by not using oil? Is water better? Spit? You get the idea.
I want to do the right thing, the right way, as some of these tools we use in bushcrafting and outdoor living are very expensive, and I need the ones I have to last a lifetime, so I do not usually buy cheap stuff, and I can't afford to replace it. (you get what you pay for is always true) Anyway, please let me know what you think and why, and what your personal experiences, or methods are. Many thanks.