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#1 posted 10-27-2018 11:07 AM

+1 you get what you pay for when it comes to diamond plates.
Best quality diamond plates cost more. Sorry, but $100 budget will gain you ONE quality diamond plate if you need to sharpen wide plane blades?

If you are beginner and have read WWW debate on sharpening, then hope you learned one thing:
ALL of the sharpening methods work (sand paper, stones, diamond plates, or power grinders).
Please ignore the WWW posts of folks who tried something once or twice, and proclaim it doesn’t work. Making something sharp is not ‘easy’, until you learn what sharp really means, and how to make it happen with a given set of tools. :)

If you have never sharpened an edge by hand, then save your money, and use sand paper (Ask google about ‘scary sharp’ method) for now while learn how to sharpen an edge. It is cheapest way to start. Then once you learn grits/edge quality/sharpness; go spend your hard earned money on sharpening process that will best simplify and reduce your sharpening time.

IMHO – They key to sharpening wood working tools learning the Pros/Cons for different methods and using this knowledge to help you select what fits your wood working style in shop. The best method is not same for everyone, as we each work wood differently, work in different facilities, and use tools with different grades of tool steel.

FWIW – I’ve tried all methods, and spent a lot of money trying to find the one I liked best. My preference for hand sharpening chisels & plane blades is water stones for big one reason. The feedback or ‘feel’ of sharpening on quality water stones tells me exactly how well my sharpening efforts are going. Diamond plates simply do not provide the same precision feedback on quality of edge as I rub metal across the surface. I have King, Norton, Shapton, and Sigma water stones. My go to stones are Sigma Power stones recommended by _ToolsfromJapan. If you choose to buy from TFJ, note delivery was fairly slow last time I ordered, but Stuart runs an honorable one man business and have had several successful transactions with him in past.
If you want some cheap water stones to start out; pick up a King 1000/6000 combo stone and learn how to use it. Not best, is too narrow for big plane blades, but it works and is cheap way to learn if you like how water stones work. Also make sure you read FWW review article on water stones to help you learn some key differences between different types of stones.

Best Luck on your wood working sharpening journey. :)

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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