Sharpening Equipment, Diamond Bench Stones
MONOCRYSTALINE DIAMOND HONES. Our DMT sharpening hones use monocrystaline synthetic diamonds, and will last several times longer than other diamond sharpening products made with polycrystalline synthetic diamonds (which are meant to break down during lapping.) The solid diamond coating is bonded to a heavy, flat steel plate. (Your curved and smaller tools won't drop down into the holes of a polka-dot grid.) We recommend using water as a surface cleanser; about once a minute, splash a small amount of water onto the surface with a small brush. Honing oil tends to clog the surface.
These sharpening hones are manufactured by DMT, a pioneer manufacturer of synthetic diamond sharpening products. The flat steel hones are available in three sizes and four grits. The 2" x 6" hones (which are 1/4" thick) are for general purpose honing of plane blades, chisels, gouges, kitchen tools, etc. The larger 2-1/2" x 11-1/2" hones utilize 3/8" thick solid steel plates. These larger hones are particularly useful when using a honing guide, and for safety when you secure a tool in place (with a vise or clamp) and then rub the hand held hone over the tool's edge. The 7/8" x 4" inch hones are 3/16" thick.
The new 220 grit (60 micron) is so aggressive that it can often take the place of a powered grinder. (But with no fear of overheating and losing temper.) Available in 2 1/2" x 11 1/2" size only. The 325 coarse grit (45 micron) is useful for light shaping work, general sharpening, light filing, and de-burring. 600 medium grit (25 micron) is for quick cleanup of cutting edges that are in generally good condition before going on to fine honing. 600 grit is also recommended for sharpening pocket knives and most kitchen tools. The 1200 fine grit (9 micron) products are for finish honing. For the ultimate in woodworking tool sharpness, we recommend final polishing with a Japanese water stone (4000-8000 grit) or a hard felt buffer.

DM-05 2-1/2" x 11-1/2" 220 grit - extra coarse
DM-06 2-1/2" x 11-1/2" 325 grit - coarse
DM-07 2-1/2" x 11-1/2" 600 grit - medium
DM-08 2-1/2" x 11-1/2" 1200 grit - fine
DM-25 7/8" x 4" 220 grit - extra coarse hone
DM-18 7/8" x 4" 325 grit - coarse hone
DM-19 7/8" x 4" 600 grit - medium hone
DM-20 7/8" x 4" 1200 grit - fine hone
DM-24 2" x 6" 220 grit - extra coarse hone
DM-21 2" x 6" 325 grit - coarse hone
DM-22 2" x 6" 600 grit - medium hone
DM-23 2" x 6" 1200 grit - fine hone

"Hello Drew,
I'm sending an order for 2 more of your diamond stones. The ones I bought 10+ years ago and use in my knife making are STILL very servicable, just a little finer... All these years of tools and knife making and they're still
working hard."
- Del Stubbs, Leonard MN

WHITE BUFFING COMPOUND. Aluminum oxide “rouge” – sometimes called stainless steel compound. Drew particularly likes to use this for final polishing of curved blade tools, such as gouges and carving knives. (This will eliminate the risk of dishing or scratching the surface on your soft polishing waterstones.) The compound can be used on a hard felt buffing wheel, but its also very useful simply applied to a flat piece of relatively soft wood. Then it’s easily used for touching up your carving tools as you work. You can also apply white buff to a dowel or wooden cone shape for polishing the inner faces of gouges and adzes. The block is about 1 x 1 x 5 inches.

MS-11 White buffing compound

How To Order
Tools can be purchased three ways: Order by phone (Office hours: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Eastern Time) using your Visa/MasterCard for payment; order by mail, by clicking on Order Form (you can print the Order Form on your computer's printer, but we do not yet offer on-line ordering); direct purchase at our store and showroom.

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