Originally Posted by Alpinord
Adding to the confusion is Diaface
calls their Monnflexes 'Diamond Files', while I think CW calls them 'Diamond Stones'. Same is true for other Diamond File/Stones where the 'selling point' is they cut like a file, and polish like a stone.
A nail 'file' for finger and toenails is simply sandpaper.
: Sandpaper is an abrasive where aluminum oxide particles or other material is glued to a paper backing. Moonflexes and Maplus Rigid Backed Diamonds (among others) are diamonds particles glued to a high quality paper backing, which is then attached to a plastic backing (Moonflexes) or rigid aluminum backing, like the Maplus Diamonds. Like others, they have their own patterns and I'm not sure (and curious) how the grit gets determined relative to the different patterns. Comparing these two, they do seems to smooth to the same level relative to their grits when sharpening and polishing.
It seems the grit is just a way to tell the progression. Just that you know a 100 is more abrasive then a 200 and 200 more then 400.
reminds me of boot flex from brand to brand or within a brand.
Just that a 130 is softer then a 150 in a particular boot line but has no correlation between brands
diamnond stones/files are used for smoothing the previous strokes. they are m not be used as a file to set bevel angles. Only to progressively smooth the previous application.
Natural (arkansas, true hardstones) and ceramic stones are used to further polish and sharpen or hone.
Steel files as described above with teeth are used to set edge angles.
Diamond Stones/files are not used to remoe burrs. on the contrary they ccreat a burr.
You use a hard gummi stone. another categoty whihc is a bar shaped like a stone impregnated with differing degrees of robber material in different hardnesses.
You use a gummi stone/finishing block or dressing block or an Arknasa or true hardstone to remove hanging burr created from side edge work.
Someone said above that you use a diamond stone to remove burrs i believe they are mispeaking. they are saying you use a Daimond stone to smooth Knicks and small dings in your edge. In my estimation these are not burrs. A burr is very small microscopic curl that forms on the edge during the smoothing and polishing process.
contrary to other's suggestions in the forum. I run a gummi extremely lightly as my last step at a 45 degree angle to the edge, with NO
pressure. This removes any final burr left on the edge and makes the edge silky smooth. This last step is also recommended bu Scott Holmer, who invented all The Beast tuning gear.