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.

My three diamond plates straight of the box

My three diamond plates straight out of the box

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.

Each plate is 8" x 3" and around 1/4" thick.

Each plate is 8″ x 3″ suitable for use with most blades

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.

Reverse of the plates showing their grit rating

Reverse of the plates showing their grit rating

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.

All of the plates in their wallets, I have labelled them with their grits for my own convenience.

All of the plates in their wallets, I have labelled them with their grits for my own convenience.

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.

 

Veritas Honing compound for use with a strop

Veritas Honing compound for use with a strop

I can’t wait to use the new diamond plates. When I do I’ll post an update of how I get on.

~Alistair

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