OK a while back I had ordered a full set of DMT sharpening bench stones. I purchase 8″by 3″ 120, 220, 600, 1200, 4000 and 8000 grits. I have always liked DMT products. But with that said the high grits did not preform as well as I hoped. SO….. Shapton was now on the radar. I priced some and found them to be as overpriced as most of the wood working tools we buy now. But if you get them from Japan, where there made anyway, they are much cheaper. Now to keep the water stones flat they want you to buy a flattening plate at $300. Ummm that’s not going to happen.I will use my 120 grit extra coarse DMT plate. It will do the job just fine.
Now I have mechanical sharpening machines and use them. I prefer to put an bevel on a hollow grind. But when your on the project I need a fast and easy way to get the straight razor edge back on the tool and back to making curls. To test this in the video I took an new used iron that was in my inventory that had the factory edge on it from the day it was made. And wanted to see how long it would take me to get it to ready state with the Manuel method. This took about 25 mins and this was flattening the stones with my first time use.
Now I am very happy with the preformance of the Shapton stones. Lets just see in the long run how well they hold out.
All is well I am still here just have a lot going on guys. I post as much as I can……Please be careful. Some of the things I do are dangerous. It is not my fault if you get hurt. Use your brain, be safe.