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 Post subject: Ken's Nubatama Video Question
PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 4:57 pm 

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Hi. I watched Ken sharpening a knife using the diamond plate first, then the 150 Nubatama.
He mentioned something about breaking in (not his words) the diamond plate.
If I order the EP Atoma 140, would it be advantageous to lightly run it over my DMT XXC first before using it on knives?
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 Post subject: Re: Ken's Nubatama Video Question
PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 5:42 pm 
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I want to clarify....you want to know if it would be advantageous to "break in" the new Atoma plate using the old DMT XXC?

If so, no, I don't think so.

The reason to break in the DMT XXC is because it's so freaking coarse that if you don't knock the highs out of the diamonds, it will cut too deep into your edge. I don't believe this is the case with the Atoma's.



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 Post subject: Re: Ken's Nubatama Video Question
PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 12:48 am 

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Thanks. Yes, that's what I was talking about. I was wondering if a new Atoma 140 could benefit from a slight "breaking in" using a used XXC prior to first use on a knife, to lesson the possibility of having some areas with uneven diamond grit.


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 Post subject: Re: Ken's Nubatama Video Question
PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 12:49 am 

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Ken did not say "breaking in" concerning the XXC, best I can remember he just said it was well a used one.


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 Post subject: Re: Ken's Nubatama Video Question
PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 4:20 am 
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Absolutely not!

You don't want to break in any diamond plate with another diamond plate.

Why?

Because this will mess up both diamond plates, abrading the nickel substrate holding the diamonds in place.

Instead, if you want to break in a diamond plate quickly just flatten a couple of coarse stones. The idea is to dislodge a few of the weakly held diamonds and to 'shave off' a few diamonds sticking out too far.

A scary question, but I'm real glad you asked it!! Hopefully this will keep others from thinking about doing this.

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 Post subject: Re: Ken's Nubatama Video Question
PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 1:09 am 

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Hey. Thanks for clearing it up for me, that makes perfect sense. Now that you told me, don't know how I could have not thought about the substrate. Very glad I asked, though, before I spent $75 on the Atoma. Mucho glad you guys are around. Thanks again.


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 Post subject: Re: Ken's Nubatama Video Question
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Glad to help. I think I may have saved an Atoma from a premature death :)

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 Post subject: Re: Ken's Nubatama Video Question
PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2013 8:01 pm 

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Heh-heh. You did even better... you may have saved ME from a premature death. They could have buried the destroyed DMT and Atoma with me.
Thanks again, sir.

This is one of those questions that makes me cringe when I think about having asked it. Makes me think my old IQ test results were switched with a chimpanzee's. And not a very bright one, at that.


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 Post subject: Re: Ken's Nubatama Video Question
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Not at all. I'm SURE others reading this are breathing a sigh of relief that they didn't know it either and are quietly thanking you for asking. It really is a good question.

Keep 'em coming :)

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