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Thread: Sharpenign/Stropping Setup with DMT Plates

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    Sharpenign/Stropping Setup with DMT Plates

    As of recently, I incorporated diamond plates into my sharpening lineup. A while back Dr. Naka told me that a professional sharpener in Sakai told him that his preferred method of sharpening knives for longest lasting edge was on a diamond plate followed by a finishing stone.

    I have been thinking recently how to get 52100 sharper and decided to give this method a try.

    I used DMT Extra Fine (1200 mesh equivalent) and followed by a J-nat finishing stone in 8-10K range and finished the blade on 2 micron spray felt. I really liked the edge I got and I am using this knife at home now.

    Upon Devin's suggestion, I got 11x2.5" DMT diamond plates. The extra length is really nice, as it allows me to sharpen in long strokes.

    For that size, no base was available, so I made a wooden base for it from walnut. Checking the plate for flatness, I was pleasantly surprised that the back side was flat enough to use as a stropping base.

    After a little tweaking and embellishing the base, I got myself a prototype sharpening/stropping setup.

    The setup (bases, plates, strops) will be available for sale in a near future.

    M

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    Very nice! That looks really good.

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    Thanks

    M


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    Nice setup, Marko.

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    Yup. Not bad at all!

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    This is quite slick, nicely done.

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    Very cool!

    So this is intended to only require a finishing stone?

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    I love the base.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BurkeCutlery View Post
    Very cool!

    So this is intended to only require a finishing stone?
    Pretty much.

    I am going to ask a couple of guys to test the method and observe the edge in a pro kitchen, but it seems to work really well and the edge is holding really well. So there will be more on it once we compare our finds.

    I sharpened to a razor edge in about 4 minutes total (most of time spend polishing it on a Jnat).

    The cutting speed of a diamond is a step up sharpening 52100 over water stones (my setup is bestone, bester 1200, Rika 5K). I will still use those but mostly to tune up the edge while I am finishing the knife.

    Also, love the 11.5" of sharpening surface.

    M


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    To clarify one thing, the felt or leather strop is lined with a magnetic backing and the back side of a diamond plate doubles as a strop base. When I am done sharpening, I rinse the plate, pad it dry with a paper towel, place it back side up, place a felt or leather strop over it and I got a stop. Remove the strop, flip the plate on a opposite side and I have a sharpening plate.

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    M


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