I've been stewing on this and need to do some more research, but I'd thought I'd toss this out for input and discussion.
Is there any definitive test on diamond file durability?
I got into a discussion at SIA with a DMT dealer about how there is an apparent consensus that DMTs do not last as long as Diaface (Moonflex), SkiMan (Maplus, Swix, etc), SVST (3M), etc. (not sure about SkiMan Quick Sharps (3M Trizacts). His response was that the color coding of the DMTs versus Moonflex confusion and the Diaface marketing has muddying the waters and he believes the DMTs are just (or more) as durable and less than half the price.
The conventional wisdom as far as I can tell is that in order of durability:
1) Moonflex & SkiMan permanent diamond papers on aluminum or plastic backing
2) SVST (3M) w/replaceable diamond papers on 6061 aircraft aluminum backing
3) DMTs in Nickel and plastic backing
3?) 3M Trizact abrasives
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Interestingly, DMT recommends using dry while SVST, Moonflex and SkiMan diamonds wet.
Any insights to solve this great mystery of the tuning world?
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Edited by Alpinord - Wed, 04 Feb 09 02:15:29 GMT