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#1 posted 04-10-2018 01:29 AM

I use Al oxide coated film and I get 40-50 honing sessions or more, and the diamond coated film should last longer. The one downside to the film is you can slice it easily if you arent careful. I sliced up a few pieces learning. Otherwise, it’s great stuff – cuts much faster than an oil stone, doesnt dish like a waterstone, and just needs a little water on it – much cleaner than the alternatives. I spent $100 on the 3M lapping film I use 5 yrs ago, and Ive used maybe 25% of it. I do use diamond bench stones for heavier work, even small nickes, only using the film to for micro bevels. It will do the heavier work but that does wear it out more quickly. I would not use it for free hand honing a hollowed bevel, its too easy to cut through it.

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