Sat Nov 10, 2012 3:06 pm
Jason B. wrote:You waited for your EF stone to break-in without complaint so why wouldn't you wait for another DMT stone? Doesn't make much sense if you ask me.
If you bought a coarse DMT hone you would need to run the same course, though the opinion might be it looses its coarseness.
Bottom line, DMT stones need a break-in period and its not going to happen with one knife.
The EEF stone provides a very fine finish to the right steel (hard and wear resistant metals) but its not going to be a mirror edge, that's why DMT made diamond paste.
Sat Nov 10, 2012 5:45 pm
Sun Nov 11, 2012 3:08 pm
Sun Nov 11, 2012 3:42 pm
case wrote:I wonder if it is possible that your new EEF stone is mislabeled?
Years ago I bought a set of 4 Dia-Sharp stones from DMT. The big ones with the mesh pattern like you have I think. They were graduated from XC through XF. These plates are double sided with one side fine (Red) and the reverse side extra fine (Green). I immediately suspected that the XF plate was actually coarser than the F plate. A phone call to DMT assured me that could not happen. Anyway, after a lot of frustration trying to figure it out (I didn't have a loupe or any diagnostic skills then) I finally just started using the F Red stone as the XF stone in my progression. Since then I have been happy with the plates and have gotten good service out of them.
So in my opinion DMT makes high quality products, but in these double sided stones at least, they can make a mistake in labeling. I also think that progressing to a fine grit Shapton or two in your progression would immediately solve your problem.