Diamond plate sharpening questions
I bought a couple DMT plates to test out and compare to my current stones. I bought the DMT extra fine (roughly 1750 JIS/9micron), and the extra-extra fine (4k JIS / 3micron). My other stones are Chocera 400, JNS 1K, and JNS synthetic aoto 3-5K. Knives are getting stropped on either bare felt, or BC loaded felt.
So far, I really like the quality of the edge that I'm getting from the diamond plates. They're very toothy, yet will shave arm hair very cleanly. More importantly, they feel great cutting food, whether carrots, tomatoes, onion, doesn't matter, very nice feeling edge that's not too grabby or too smooth.
BUT - It seems like the DMT Extra Fine, which essentially replaces the 1K stone in the lineup (and is just marginally finer) doesn't cut as fast as my JNS 1K. I know the JNS is a fast cutting stone, but I expected the diamonds to cut MUCH quicker, but I'm not seeing it at the medium grit.
When I move up to the 3 micron/4K plate, I can get a burr much more quickly than off the JNS synthetic aoto.
My goal was to move to the diamond plates to make sharpening quicker and cleaner. They're definitely less messy, but I'm not seeing a time benefit, although I do like the edge I'm getting. I would like to hear any comments on my ramblings, or suggestions. Also, for those of you who use dmt plates, do you think the useable lifespan of the plates is equal to good quality synthetic stones, or do they wear out faster? And what kind of pressure works best on diamond plates? I've tried ripping on them and just very light and haven't found the sweet spot yet.
Thanks, I look forward to hearing what you guys have to share.