I went back and forth…agonizing for a few weeks actually…..do I get these? do I not??...and on and on. Finally…after more than enough study I went for it and hit the pay button….lol. These are not cheap.
These are DMT diamond stones 10×3 extra coarse, coarse, fine and extra fine. I also purchased a bench strop with green honing compound.
I made a little plywood movable work station, routed out the relieved areas with my stanley 71 hand router (that was a workout…lol) and proceeded to set them in. Then I anchored in my strop and it all works very well and in order of use.
This sharpening setup was of course one of the many things I picked up from Paul Sellers…and the verdict so far is…...WOW!...LOL
I thought I had decent sharpened chisels…and plane blades…and I think I did have…DECENT….but this exercise…fast and easy will certainly retire any thoughts of fiddlling with stones of any sort.
Now…. there are of course some bad stories about these too….some have actualy ruined the diamonds…etc..
From what I have learned the percentage is high that these will last long with the right care. I use water on them…some use glass cleaner etc…but I have read water is fine too.
Also my shop is a garage…so I actually do take these and store them inside and dry them after use.
I do not woodwork for a living so my sharpening will not need to be everyday.
I would test by taking chisels, plane or spokeshave blades and work them through oak….before a honing session. Then I would proceed to work the blade approx 30-50 reps on each stone, then strop front and flatten the back 30 -50….whatever your feeling is on it….place the blade in or take your chisel ….and friends….haaaa you talk about shavings…....oak gets nice with these blades…... SON!....lol
Picked this cool little sears block plane today…8 bucks! Gave her a whirl….it had an ok sharpness…it cut fairly well. I worked the blade out on these….and I have gossamer shavings and a hissing cut!
I even tried the old goofy lets see if it will take hairs off my arm routine…haaaaa…..I got some smooth arms pretty fast…..lol
My spokeshave works like never before with the same blade I got it with…..for 5 bucks 7 months ago.
These stones can really take that small auction purchase and add some serious firepower to what in the past would have been an ok user that mostly sits out while you reach for your $80 newbie.
So this is my introduction to learning more about sharpening….I guess this was a blog and review…..hahaha…...I hope I am not subject to the penalty box..lol
Ok friends, have fun and if your thinking about using these….they are really pretty impressive.
-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB