Definition of whetstone in English:

whetstone

noun

  • A fine-grained stone used for sharpening cutting tools.

    • ‘Knives of all shapes and sizes hung on racks and lay on tables, whetstones handy.’
    • ‘He turned the chair to the desk behind him, picked up a whetstone and a knife, and started to sharpen it.’
    • ‘Other men still worked at the whetstone, or sat polishing their blades.’
    • ‘He nodded and continued sharpening swords with whetstones.’
    • ‘The word cos is Latin for whetstone, a stone for sharpening razors and tools.’
    • ‘Be this the whetstone of your sword: let grief convert to anger blunt not the heart, enrage it.’
    • ‘I had read enough Indian book reviews to know that reviewers are ustads with blades sharpened on a cruelly efficient whetstone.’
    • ‘On my enrolment I was issued with chef's overalls, two textbooks (in Chinese) and a personal cleaver, which I was expected to keep razor sharp by frequent visits to the enormous whetstone in the yard.’
    • ‘While he shortened the distance between them, Dimitri realized Reana had been quietly sitting and sharpening her sword with a whetstone.’
    • ‘Unlike oil or water whetstones, a diamond whetstone does not need to be lubricated.’
    • ‘In 1964, or about a hundred knives after making his first one, he switched his focus to selling Arkansas whetstones and a year later began selling knives.’
    • ‘Each morning José Antonio has sharpened his knife against the little whetstone he carries in his pocket.’
    • ‘Sharpening a European scythe is a combination of hammering (called peening) and honing with a whetstone.’
    • ‘The whetstone would have been a important possession for the woodworker as, without it, he could not have sharpened any of his tools.’
    • ‘This can be done by rubbing away surplus metal with a grindstone, whetstone, oilstone, steel, ceramic rod, leather strop or the palm of your hand.’
    • ‘She sharpened the meat carving knife on a whetstone.’
    • ‘He used a makeshift whetstone to sharpen both blades again.’
    • ‘The work is done purely by hand, and through a series of 10 whetstones, (large lumps of grindstone) the blade is filed down, sharpened, and finished with an elaborate wavy pattern.’
    • ‘He had a whetstone and cloth in hand with a sword laid across his lap.’
    • ‘Larger whetstones for sharpening iron tools were an important part of everyday equipment and were widely traded, especially since varying degrees of coarseness were required to produce a finely honed edge.’

Pronunciation:

whetstone

/ˈwɛtstəʊn/