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DMT Sharpening Station #2: The Reveal

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Blog entry by GMatheson posted 09-10-2013 06:28 PM 1374 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I decided to go with a white melamine paint. Here is the finished product.

It’s nice having all the stones together and ready to go whenever I need to touch up a blade.

-- Greg in Ontario, Canada



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ShaneA

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#1 posted 09-10-2013 06:33 PM

Pretty dang fancy. Have you had those a while, and what is the higherst “grit” ?

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#2 posted 09-10-2013 06:37 PM

I’ve been picking them up one at a time over the past year Shane. They are 120x up to 8000x

-- Greg in Ontario, Canada

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#3 posted 09-10-2013 06:40 PM

Is the 8000 suitable as a final step, or do you use any thing else after that? Seems to be mixed opinions on the upper grits. I have been considering a high grit one, so just curious.

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#4 posted 09-10-2013 06:44 PM

I see a strop and some green magic paste just above Shane.

It will be interesting to see how long it stays white. I say about 12 seconds if your any where’s near as messy as me.

It is nice to have them together. You’ll like it I’m sure.

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#5 posted 09-10-2013 06:59 PM

very nice! does the border get in the way at all or is it below the surface of the stones? Also, did you glue them in? I dont glue mine in and it can be an issue some times. When flattening the soles of smaller lanes the suction can make them stick. I’ve had a stone fall on the ground once.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#6 posted 09-10-2013 07:17 PM

The 8000x was the last one I got and have only actually used it when I sharpened a knife. I read the same mixed reviews but decided to give it a try. I do have the strop which will still probably be my final step but after the 8000x stone is broke-in it probably leave a pretty sharp edge.

I’ll try to keep it white for at least a few sharpenings Don. I guess we can just consider it a blank canvas for now. In time I’m sure it will be a fine work of art.

The edging is below the level of the stones. It’s just high enough to keep the slop from running onto the bench. The stones are not glued in but I made the holes pretty tight and once I added the paint the stones fit really tightly (to get them out I actually have to pry them out with a screwdriver) so I’m hoping suction won’t pull them out.

-- Greg in Ontario, Canada

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#7 posted 09-10-2013 08:13 PM

LOL, good call out on the picture detail Don. Could have answered that one myself. Maybe I am not always the brightest star in the sky.

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#8 posted 09-11-2013 03:31 AM

That looks really great! I made something similar for my DMTs and found that paint looks great at first but gets dirty looking awfully fast.

Do you find the extra-extra-coarse stone to be a good investment? I have the 3 middle ones and sometimes wish I could hog off metal faster when I’m changing the bevel on a hatchet or trying to get past a knick in a plane iron.

-- “The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” ― Mark Twain

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#9 posted 09-11-2013 03:33 AM

Very very nice.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#10 posted 09-11-2013 01:11 PM

Bonobo, I like the XXC stone. It’s not as fast as the grinder but it is pretty quick at cutting through unwanted steel. I originally picked it up to flatten the back of a badly twisted iron and it worked great for that.

-- Greg in Ontario, Canada

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#11 posted 09-11-2013 01:51 PM

My course stone is the DMT Duo Sharp (with the holes) 220/320 grit. At first I was using the 320 for my first stone using the Paul Sellers method so I never have to grind my primary, since it broke in and got finer I switched to the 220. So I’d say that is a useful grit.

Also, the 220 is great for so many things where you need to remove metal fast like lapping the back of blades and what not.

The EZE Laps are are only about $35 right now with free shipping on amazon. I dont think you can beat that. But for some reason the course EZE Lap is $50, more expensive than the finer stones. Bigger diamonds I guess.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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