Originally Posted by skidiver
if one were to get just one Moonflex (or Swix, for that matter) diamond stone for all purpose base and side edge use, which grit would you get?
(Scalce, do you remember which one Mike D. recommends?)
Mike reccomends the medium grit Swix or DMT which used to be blue but it looks like the new style Swix blue stones are extra fine which is not good for normal use.
Don't go by color because it differs from one company to another and sometimes different models and years.
It's tough using one grit because it doesn't allow you to knock off tough burrs without killing the life of your medium grit file.
I use an old DMT 100 grit for a few initial passes for the nasty hits.
Then I use my 200 grit Moonflex to clean the edge up.
Then I use the 400 grit Moonflex for a few final passes. This is probably unecessary as the 200 does a great overall job.
Sometimes I follow it up with an old Swix or DMT fine diamond stone, or Arkansas stone to polish the edge.
I would say for a two stone setup that 100 and 400 grit work good.
For a single stone setup the Moonflex 200 would be fine but it may not last as long.
You should also pickup an Arkansas stone for under $6 to knock off the hanging burr off the base edge after doing the sides and for final polishing.