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b2rtch

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634 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question sharpening

I have been using scary sharpening and it worked very well for me but now I am almost a the end of my stock of sanding paper and I would like to switch to diamond sharpening stones as sand paper gets expensive after a while.
A while ago it was pretty bad review about diamond stones.
What is your experience with them and which brand and grit do you recommend?
What about “Shapton water/glass stones”?
Do you have any experience with them.
Do you have to flatten them as a normal water stone or do they stay flat as a diamond stone?
I have water stones, I do not like then as they are too much work to maintain.
Thank you.
Bert

-- Bert


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Dan Krager

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#1 posted 634 days ago

Hi Bert. Merry Christmas!
I have been down every sharpening path there is and I am truly glad I made the investment in DMT plates. I bought all six plates from
http://www.craftsmanstudio.com/html_p/T!D8.htm
because they were the only place I could find all six diamond plates in one place and luckily their price blew everyone else away.
You may still need a strop plate of some sort because even the .3 micron plate doesn’t polish as well as I like.
DanK

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com

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#2 posted 634 days ago

Bert, I have DMT stones and some Shapton stones. Got the Shaptons as a package deal off eBay for a hell of a good price. For the Shaptons, I didn’t have a flattening tool to get them straight after I used them and it was frustrating. Frustrating because the only thing I found that got them flat is their own flattening stone, which is pricey. I finally broke down and bought one when I got it for a pretty good discount. If you get the Shaptons, you are going to need that as well. They definitely need to be flattened after use.

The diamond stones are straight up awesome. They last a long time; I have had mine for over three years now. They stay flat (you can use them for flattening waterstones). I have a combo coarse/fine stone and two diamond plates, coarse and extra coarse, that I use for establishing bevels and flattening backs. They are a great compliment to the waterstones.

-- Mike

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jayman7

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#3 posted 634 days ago

paratrooper34, I have the exact same set up. Works wonderfully.

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b2rtch

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#4 posted 634 days ago

Thank you guys.
Why do I need 6 stones?
What the minimum grits I need?
Coarse, fine, x-fine?

-- Bert

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lwllms

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#5 posted 634 days ago

What are you sharpening, Bert? What kind of tools and what steel?

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b2rtch

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#6 posted 634 days ago

Just ordinary chisels and hand planes, occasionally the kitchen and tables knives or an axe.

-- Bert

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#7 posted 634 days ago

I use the DMT coarse stone for rough honing and flattening my waterstones and flattening the back of new chisels. It is aggressive and gets the work done in a hurry. Then I go to 1000 grit and 6000 grit jap water stones. So far that is all I have needed. I also have a 4000 grit Norton stone which I like a lot and sometimes when I just need a touch up I use it.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#8 posted 634 days ago

I use DMT stones. I bought a boxed set with 3 stones: coarse, fine and super fine. Then I finish off with a leather strop charged with green chromium oxide. The DMT stones are great. I got the 2”x6” stones. If you can afford the 3”x8” stones, I’d recommend those, as it’s a bit awkward sharpening 2 3/8” plane blades on mine. I have to hold them diagonally.

Rich;)

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