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Re: Diamond sharpening plates
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Diamond sharpening plates ()

david weaver
Bill, I think your money is better spent (if the issue is coarse work) on a piece of glass about three feet long and a roll of PSA paper ("porter cable" paper on amazon is a decent choice, in 80 or 100 grit).

Using diamonds to grind is like paying Mercedes price for a rebadged cavalier. There's certain things diamonds are good for (honing steel with hard carbides, etc), but grinding isn't really one of them. They are slow for the depth of groove that they leave, and their wear rate can be sensitive to things like laminated steel.

If you're just honing, Ezelap 8x3 600 grit and 1 micron loose diamonds. I love the atoma hones, but don't much love the way they feel honing.

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