This week I was lucky enough to receive some much anticipated EZE-Lap diamond plates through the post. I was so excited I just had to stick a quick post up about them!
I have been relying on going round to my Dad’s when my tools needed sharpening, a situation I am sure you can appreciate that is not really sustainable. Sometimes you just need to sharpen or re-hone a tool and crack on, rather than have to down tools, take a trip and start again tomorrow.
I took the advice of Paul Sellers and went for EZE-Lap diamond plates, 8″x 3″ in size, as this size can cater for the vast majority of chisel and plane blades. The three plates I purchased were:
– Coarse – 250 Grit
– Fine – 600 Grit
– Super Fine – 1200 Grit
I settled on EZE-Lap as they are much more affordable than their DMT counterparts. Reading reviews and forums, it seems that they serve people just as well; also the DMT plates are a little out of my budget. While the DMT plates are no doubt excellent products, based on budget alone the decision was made for me.
After shopping around a bit, I decided to buy the pates from Tool Venture. These guys have a great site and great prices. After buying the plates from there, I can say they have a great service and I will likely be a repeat customer for them.
All of the plates are single sided and on the reverse they are marked with their grit rating. Why the coarse plate has a sticker while the other two are stamped I don’t know.
Each of the plates also comes with a nice leather type wallet for it to be kept in. While these are really nice and would be perfect if the plates were kept in a tool box or bag for someone who travels, I will hopefully be setting the stones in a single wooden base to allow for speedy sharpening. It is likely the plates will not be leaving my workshop very often, if at all.
For fathers day recently I actually received some Veritas Honing Compound that I will be using to polish my blades after using the diamond plates. This complete the four stage sharpening I am looking to try and will allow me to use a strop for final polishing/honing.
I can’t wait to use the new diamond plates. When I do I’ll post an update of how I get on.