Why I like Shapton

Hello friends!
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.

20 Responses to Why I like Shapton

  1. I like the bench arrangement. Did you put a plastic overlay on the bench with a cutout to hold the diamond stones?
    I’m kind of following your method. I have a HF 200/300/400/600 diamond plate and a couple of waterstones for when I really want to get something shaving sharp. I do more work with saws than planes right now so my sharpening is mostly file work.
    I do have a drawer full of plane blades that need some attention. Maybe when snow flies and the outside chores get a little smaller.
    Good to see you got in a little shop time.
    Dave N.
    aka Old Sneelock

    • David Bardin says:

      Thank you my friend.
      Yes I had some “scrap” plastic from work left over from a job they did. It was laying next to the dumpster with the film still on it. I brought it home and user two pieces of 3/4″ MDF and attached it. Then cut little pieces to hold the plates still. Works great and is easy cleanup.

      I to await winter. I want to fire the forge up. I haven’t in a year, its been so hot. Looking forward to cooler weather. MMMMM snow….no.

  2. Candy says:

    Thanks for the tutorial on sharpening, Dave. I still need to decide on a (consistent) method. About half way through, it dawned on me what your water basin was (I think, from medical supplies?). I’ve been resisting bringing those home until I have a definite use…hubby will call you an enabler! Thanks for sharing. God bless.

    • David Bardin says:

      Thank you Candy.
      Yes Candy you are correct on the basin. I have lots of these…..
      Betty burns up a lot of these in a week. I have to find a use for them. My grandmother would have a duck if she saw me tossing a container in the trash…..

  3. DIYaholic says:

    Good to see you enjoying yourself.

    Are there Japanese Sushi restaurants in MS???
    If so, maybe you could practice your Japanese there!!!

    • David Bardin says:


      Oh yes I love sushi. We have two hear that the chefs are Japanese with formal training and speak very little english…
      I would like to get some tips from these guys. They are trained for years on the art of knives..

  4. William Day says:

    Glad to see you active Dave.
    You need to stop testing edges on your arm. I used to be bad about checking pocket knives that I sharpened for other people. Then one day in town a little kid asked what was wrong with me that I’d lost all those patches of hair on my arm.
    Never mind. Just tell them you’re a galloot and let them think on that one for a while.

    • David Bardin says:

      William sweet!
      Yeah there no hair on my left arm now. Im sharpening everything in the shop.
      I do need to come over and see you.
      I would enjoy an afternoon in the shop shaving hairs…..

  5. JL7 says:

    Hey Dave, more good info. I’m a little disappointed that you didn’t learn to read Japanese, though!

  6. what happen with the dmt stones, I’m about ready to replace my water stones.

  7. Joe Lyddon says:

    Dave… What is THAT Horrible RUSHING NOISE in the background almost covering you up… Wind? Whatever it is, it’s VERY BAD…


  8. pcf11 says:

    25 minutes!?! Sharpening can be time consuming.

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