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#1 posted 08-04-2017 02:39 PM

You can flatten your stone with some coarse sandpaper on a flat surface instead of buying a flattening plate. That can be a piece of granite, a table saw top, a jointer bed or whatever else you have have that is reasonably flat. I’ve even heard of some people flattening stones on a concrete block.

Cost effective is relative. Sandpaper on a flat surface is the cheapest way to sharpen in the short term, but the costs add up quickly if you are doing much sharpening and it ends up being the most expensive system in the long run. Good quality diamond plates have the highest up front cost, but are generally the lowest cost over their life because they last so long. Oil stones and water stones fall somewhere in between. Which system is going to be best for you depends on a variety of factors, such as how often you sharpen, what kind of steel is used and what your work environment and flow looks like.

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