Diamond Stones

Discussion in 'Sharpening,Maintanace and Repair Forum' started by Jammer Six, Jun 24, 2017.

  1. Jammer Six

    Jammer Six Well-Known Member

    I've never owned a diamond stone.

    Why do they have that metal grid over them? How can you sharpen with that grid?
     
  2. John Wilson

    John Wilson Well-Known Member

    that grid is the "stone". It's basically expanded metal with the diamond dust impregnated. The block is just a backer for stiffness and some clearance elevation from the table top to mimic a stone.

    I have a very course diamond plate that I use to flatten my waterstones. It's nothing but a bumpy metal plate.


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  3. Michael Minto

    Michael Minto Active Member

    Jammer, the "holes" or "grid" are really only an issue with small pointed tools like carving gouges and the like; they work fine for knives, in my experience. That said, I now use two standard/continuous diamond bench stones from DMT, 11.5" x 2.5" and find that a good size for sharpening knives. Given that they will outlast me, they are not overly expensive.
     
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  4. Smallshop

    Smallshop KNIFE MAKER

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  5. KenH

    KenH Well-Known Member

    Got a link on those diamond stones you're using?
     
  6. Michael Minto

    Michael Minto Active Member

  7. KenH

    KenH Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the link - boy do they have a NICE selection of sharpening supplies:)

    I had a hard time getting that link fixed so it would work
     
  8. opaul

    opaul Well-Known Member

    You guys are costing my money. I just ordered the DMT, 11.5" x 2.5" in fine and very fine grits from Amazon. I've been holding out but took advantage of the advise on this thread to upgrade my old diamond block.
     
  9. Smallshop

    Smallshop KNIFE MAKER

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  10. John Wilson

    John Wilson Well-Known Member

    You guys are bad influences. I couldn't sleep last night, so I jumped on here and what do I see? A thread that convinced me to go buy a diamond stone. I got the fine/extra fine combo to play around with. Should be here tomorrow.
     
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