I have been looking into getting some diamond sharpening stones for my chisels and plane blades. I know they are expensive but they don’t need flattening which I have had to do to some of my mineral stones. But once or twice I have noticed in articles that it is stated that for really fine finish diamond cannot compete with with other mainline sharpening stones. I have notice that Paul seems to manage well. Is this now old hat or do diamond stones really suffer from this?
I’ve never used anything but diamond stones and a strop with green polishing compound. As Paul says, there is so much misinformation out there that it is tough to tell what to do. Paul’s teachings are largely intended at minimal tool sets. I think he might find needs for other sharpening media, but for an amateur like me, the d-stones are the way to go.
In the UK the Eze-lap plates are pretty well prices here at the moment
Just bought a couple more myself from there.
Ron Hock’s book shows the some real close-up pics of blade edges honed on various media. It’s true that a diamond stone is “rougher” than some other stones, but the difference is only discernible on a microscope. We’re talking miniscule differences in scratch patterns, microns.
Diamond stones are about as dead flat as you can reasonable get, stay flat, and are easy to maintain. They sharpen dry or wet. And you can get your tools “scary sharp” just like water stones. I think the pros outweigh the cons. I love mine and can’t imagine messing around with anything else now.
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