Wed May 08, 2013 10:20 pm
4/5 Stars (Excellent)
The DMT XXC 140 Diamond Plate (8x2.75x5/16") and Universal Stone Holder 2pc set are together an AWESOME combined value for a sharpening n00b like myself. The 140 grit diamonds are set in the top face of a solid metal matrix (nickel plated ?) - very aggressive, very flat, very sturdy, and defect free. It immediately raised mud on the first stone I leveled on it - a hard 8.25x2.75" Global Ceramic 1000 grit whetstone, and in less than 10-15mins of rubbing the two plates against each other under running water, the global stone was fully back to true ... all dishing and gouges from years of use were gone, and even the face edges felt sharp enough to cut paper (I subsequently gave them a tiny bevel, to avoid cutting myself).
A few very minor nits:
* XXC 140: I wish the 140 was just a tad larger, because my global stone overhung it by 1/4". The larger 10x4" plate (DMT or Atoma) will be my next upgrade. I also wish the plate was about 1/16" taller, to give the working face a wee bit more clearance above the ends of the universal holder.
* Universal Holder: I wish the feet were continuous, for better anti-slip resistance. As is, for serious reprofiling/repair (requiring medium or greater force, and a lot of strokes and water to clear sharf), the holder must be braced in both directions (ex: screw-down chocks), to keep it from slipping. Better feet would limit the need for full-on chocking to just the heaviest and least frequent tasks.
An awesome value. Color me happy.
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