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Forum topic by JesseTutt posted 02-06-2015 03:14 PM 925 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-06-2015 03:14 PM

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First, lets limit our discussion to diamond sharpening stones. I realize that there are other sharping stones and other methods (sandpaper) out there, but I am interested in Diamond.

Some diamond sharpening have diamonds impregnated evenly throughout the length, some have diamonds in circular areas with blank space between. The argument seems to center on continuous diamonds vs. cost. Does this difference matter in practice?

Some say to use water as a lubricant to sharpen, Trend sells their own lubricant and says that their warranty is voided if any other solution is used on their stone. Does it matter what is used as a lubricant?

Some stores sell single sided diamond stones, others sell double sided. I would think that it would be easier and more space efficient to have a double sided stone with course on one side and fine on the other than two separate stones. What do you think?

Some sell a special holder to hold the stone. It looks like a very low profile vice. Is this really necessary, or would a low profile wooden box work as well to hold the stone? In fact I could also use this wooden box with a top as the storage container.

Anyone have any opinions on the Trend Diamond Whetstone Honing & Polishing Kit that Peachtree sells?

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#1 posted 02-06-2015 03:25 PM

Continuous vs perforated. The perforated areas are supposed to help keep the swarf from building up on the stone. I started with perforated, but now have EZE-Lap plates that are continuous and won’t go back. Sharpening narrow chisels on a perforated plate is a royal PITA.

Lubricant. Lots of options. Some use water, some use window cleaner, I use diluted Simple Green because it’s always in my shop in a spray bottle. Any thing that is primarily water will work. I also frequently do a quick hone dry. Swarf builds up a bit faster, but it doesn’t hurt the plates.

Single vs double sided. I like the single sided. I lay all the plates out and then can quickly sharpen through all grits without constantly having to stop and flip them over. Others use the double ones with no issue, just personal preference. Since the plates are relatively easy to store, I picked faster and more convenient sharpening process over the tiny bit of space savings.

I don’t have the holder. Google up Paul Sellers’ sharpening. He uses a scrap board that holds all three plates that can easily and quickly be moved on and off the bench. I haven’t even gone that far, since my single sided plates have rubber feet that keep them in place just fine.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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