My coarse 8" crystolon removes metal a lot faster than any c/xc diamond plates. My diamond plates are mostly for truing and finishing after profiling.kwselke wrote: ↑Wed May 01, 2019 4:16 pmI have tried and accumulated a wide range different sharpening tools over the years. I have a Norton Crystolon 8" coarse stone, a DMT 8" fine, a DMT 6" coarse, a steel honing rod, a ceramic honing rod, a neat per-treated leather strop, and a Sharpmaker with optional Diamond and ultra-fine ceramic rods. If you are just getting into knives, a standard Sharpmaker is where you should start. As your needs grow add the diamond rods. I only use my DMT 6" and 8" stones when I aggressively need to reprofile knives. Once you learn the Sharpmaker you will known if you need more sharpener.
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