DMT dianond stones vs Norton Waterstones

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Forum topic by mchuray posted 01-18-2011 03:43 AM 5347 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-18-2011 03:43 AM

My Arkansas stones have about had it and I was wondering the advantages or disadvantages of the DMT diamond coated stones compaired to the Norton waterstones. Both are kinda pricey and the 8” extra extra fine stone is really high as is the 8000 waterstone. Over Christmas time got an ad from one of the tool purvers that had a video of a fellow using a 1000 and an 8000 waterstone to sharpen a plane iron. Very interesting. Never owned a honing guide, but maighth consider one. Your thoughts on sharpining and the various systens would be most welcome. Please skip the electric gizmos. I really like to sharpen my tools by hand.

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#1 posted 01-18-2011 03:50 AM

Neither, use real Japanese stones.

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#2 posted 01-18-2011 03:58 AM

I use coarse diamond stones for coarse work and keeping the waterstones flat. In my experience, I would not use diamond stones as the only ones for sharpening and honing. Waterstones are better for me.

-- Mike

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#3 posted 01-18-2011 04:09 AM

I use DMT thru XXfine then 6K or 8K water stones. Use a strop for blades/chisels after each use.
Stroping lengthens the time between honings. Strop time=seconds, homing=minutes.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#4 posted 01-18-2011 04:18 AM

What is a strop? a piece of leather?

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#5 posted 01-18-2011 04:51 AM

What are the benifits of the Japanese waterstones compaired to the Norton stones? What about natural vs man made? How long can one expect them to last? The DMT video has the fellow using diamond paste and a maple block to get a mirror finish. I like the idea if getting to the final step with the DMT stones and going to the 6000 & 8000 waterstones and strop. Sorry for all the questions, but we are talking a major investment for me. I also saw something about some waterstones coming from China. If like most of the stuff from China it will look OK ,but will be short on performance and quality

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#6 posted 01-18-2011 04:54 AM

>Chelios A strop is indeed a piece of leather adhered to a board, charged with polishing compound.
I use chromium oxide as the compound.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#7 posted 01-18-2011 05:15 AM

The natural stones may go from several hundred to several thousands of dollars, if you want to go that route.
No water stone can keep their flatness long, so it need to be flatten often.

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#8 posted 01-18-2011 06:32 AM

Check Rob Cosman's site, he has some good info on sharpening and the different stones, as well as some informative videos…

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#9 posted 01-18-2011 10:38 AM

I use wet or dry SC or Chromium oxide paper on plate glass. Far less expensive.

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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