Finally got around to getting a dmt extra coarse stone to try out. It still needs break in, but I used it on a few students knives last night so it's getting there! Decided to try out my Super Freek in m4, which was already sharp, but I took it to the 220 grit for a bit, checked it out on paper towel, then proceeded to strop on 7 micron diamond paste for about 30 per side. It's toothy, very toothy, but it cuts the towel pretty cleanly if noisily!
I'm going to experiment with this system and see how it goes. I've come to find I like a variety of finishes, from this one all the way to spyderco fine. Seems like certain knives tell me what they want their blades to be finished to. Or I'm crazy. You guys tell me!
Also, I remade my strop to be smaller and more easily managed, because trying to use a small piece of leather glued to a 2x4 just wasn't doing it for me. And I had to mount the diamond plate, it was just too thin to work with in hand like I do. If I had a box to carry these in it would be a perfect quick sharpening setup to get a knife from completely dull to very sharp in almost no time.
I can see this finish not working well for wood work, but that's where my knives finished on spyderco stones excel. This will cut anything I'd need most of the time with great efficiency though!
Spyderco : Resilience, Tenacious, Persistence, Manix 2 G10, Para 3 G10, Para 3 LW, Paramilitary 2,
BBS Paramilitary 2, Amalgam, Native Chief, Blade HQ Manix 2 XL, Shaman, Gayle Bradley 2, DLC M4 Shaman, Magnitude
Kershaw : Tone, Thermite, Atmos, Natrix 7007cf, Natrix 7008cf, Bareknuckle 7777, Bareknuckle 20cv, Concierge, 7777CFM390 Bareknuckle
Zero Tolerance : 0566CF, 0770CF, 0770GRYBW, 0562CF, 0470, 0456CF, 0095BW, 0801TI
Ontario : Rat 1
CRKT : Caligo
Civivi : Plethiros, Baklash, Incite, Vexer
Cold Steel : AD10, 4Max Scout, SR1 Lite, SRK
Benchmade : Contego, Crooked River, Custom Crooked River, Super Freek, Mini Crooked River, Custom Mini Crooked River, 940-2, 550-1 Griptilian, 950bk Rift, 940-1, Custom Sheepsfoot Griptilian
Buck : 110, Bucklite 422, 110 LT, 110 Slim Select, 112 Slim Pro, Custom 110, 1978-79 110, 119
Artisan : Tradition
Hogue : Ritter RSK MK1-G2
Kabar : Becker BK2, BK10, Dog's Head, BK7
Hinderer : XM-18, XM-24