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Optigrind Diamond Sharpening

Diamond sharpening products work even better if a honing fluid is used to help remove the detritus as sharpening progresses.  Water may be used, but of course this can mean that your tools are later subject to corrosion if you do not dry them thoroughly.  Likewise your diamond stone itself could be damaged by water staining.  There is a very effective solution to both these issues in the range of corrosion protection products created by Shield Technology.  We strongly recommend the use of HoneRite Honing Fluid, with active corrosion inhibitor, when using a diamond sharpening stone, both to make your life easier when honing and to prolong the life of your tools.


Honestar CBN ovoloid honing tool shown in use honing flutes of gouge
Holzer CBN Honestar slipstone hone

Honestar CBN hone, above, has two curved edges for honing flutes, as shown left, and a large flat face for other fine sharpening operations.

In my opinion (!) there should be no craftperson's pocket that does not contain some sort of slipstone, ready at hand for touching up the edge of whatever tool is to hand and needful of such attention.

Particularly noteworthy - though technically not a "diamond" product - is the Honestar ovaloid slipstone shown at the head of this section. This is actually coated with the very versatile CBN abrasive, B21 grit - very fine - as used in our CBN Grinding Wheels - capable of grinding even tungsten carbide. The two rounded edges of this hone are ideal for cleaning the flutes of gouges whilst the large flat area,  145 x 40 mm, serves as an excellent alternative to credit card hones, creating an "all-in-one" sharpening tool, ideal for the toolbox.


Conical Hones

Honing cone set: Click for larger image.
Honing cones in sizes from 3 mm to 32 mm: Click for larger image

In truth there have always been plenty of alternatives for honing flat blades and external curves.  For internal curves, things were never quite so good, but slipstones were - and are - available with radiused edges (also see the Honestar, above).  But as the trend moved more towards the use of diamond honing and lapping tool, everyone seemed to have forgotten the needs of woodturners and carvers, in particular, where honing the inside of gouges is still very much a requirement of the craft.  That's why we were especially pleased to see these conical hones included in the Holzer line-up.  Because gouge flutes come in different radii, so do these tools.  The smallest, with the red handle, tapers from 3 to 9 mm; the middle sized covers the range 9 to 19 mm whilst the largest completes the range with a taper from 19 to 32 mm.  Available singly or as a set of three, these tools make honing inside gouges a quick and simple task - which removes the excuse for not doing it!!  Sorry about that you lazy people!


Grinding Wheel Dresser

IWide grinding wheel dresser: Click for larger imaget is vitally important to dress your grinding wheel if the wheel is to sharpen efficiently. Many folk use a single point dresser but, unless these are well guided, they can leave a somewhat uneven surface.  By contrast this excellent dresser has a 45 mm face width, covered with coarse diamond grit so that even a 40 mm wide wheel is completely covered and the surface of the wheel should always be left completely planar, provided the dresser is used correctly and regularly.  Instructions for use are included on the package.  Effective and economical - what more can one ask?


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