Hand Tools

Subject:
Diamond sharpening plates

Bill Houghton, Sebastopol, CA
Looking to try out diamond sharpening, using coated plates and finishing with loose diamonds.

Brand possibilities. Several brands appear to be prospects:

DMT Diasharp steel plates
EZE-Lap steel plates
Atoma steel plates

I'd appreciate opinions on these.

Grits needed. When I need to establish a bevel on a poorly ground tool (most of my tools are bottom-feeder vintage), I wet-grind, which is mighty slow. If a coarser diamond plate can remove minor nicks fairly quickly, it might be worth it. What grits would folks recommend from nick removal to sharp?

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