Which oil should I use for my Norton Oil stone?

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I recently purchased a Norton IB8 1-by-2-by-8-Inch Fine/Coarse India Combination Oilstone, after seeing it recommended here. I have very little experience with sharpening, and the country where I live does not have a Norton retailer - which means I can't get Norton oil unless I order it online.

My question is - do I HAVE to use their specific oil or can I use some other kind of oil on my India stone? I'm not looking so much for brand names but more to understand the principle - what kind of oil is the oil used for sharpening? Once I understand that I'll be able to get a replacement perhaps from a local hardware store. 

Thanks
 
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........................... I'm not looking so much for brand names but more to understand the principle - what kind of oil is the oil used for sharpening?.......
Do NOT purchase a sharpening oil.  instead just get a gallon of mineral oil from your local tack and feed store for less than $20 and you be there.  And mineral oil is often used to rub into wooden knife handles as a preservative.

Otherwise some knife afficionados will use water with their oilstones.  HTH!!!

Take a look at this setup.

Oh, and baby oil is nothing other than mineral oil with fragrance added to it.
 
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Oil is messy, you can use water just as well.  you can go dry, for finishing especially they won't clog with light pressure, just brush the particles off.
 
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