Excerpt from Popular Mechanics Shop Notes, Volume 21,
In general practice oilstones are usually kept in a plain
box with a piece of leather nailed on the cover. When honing,
the cover is laid down wherever most convenientoften in dirt
and gritwith the result that some dirt gets on the stone
when the cover is put on again. The exposed leather strop
is also a place where dirt and grit are liable to collect,
and the sharp edge of a tool or knife will quickly be ruined
when using a dirty strop. The illustration shows an oilstone
box designed to eliminate this trouble. It consists of three
parts: a holder for the stone, a holder for the strop and
a cover. The lower section is recessed to hold the stone and
the center piece is recessed to fit over it. A leather strop
is mounted neatly on a piece of wood of the same size, which
is screwed on the middle section and the cover is recessed
to fit over this piece loosely. Two 5/32-in. holes, about
1/2 in. deep, are drilled in each section as shown, and 1/8-in.
metal pins are provided to fit into these holes.
Editor's Note: This is a reprint of an article published in
1925. It describes what was recommended in accordance with
the knowledge and practices of the day. While reading it,
please consider this fact.