Basics and tips A cutting edge is comprised of the intersection of two planes to form an edge. The angle formed by these two planes is the bevel angle. Sharpening is the removal of material from a bevel face to keep a well-defined edge. Sharp tools are essential to everyone and maintaining a sharp edge allows for a safer easier working environment.
Keeping a sharp edge on your tools is quick and simple when using a DMT Diamond sharpener, whether bench stone or pocket models, interrupted diamond surface or continuous. The diamonds remove material from the edge as it slides across the sharpener. You can use your DMT stone dry or with water; as you sharpen, metal fines will accumulate on the sharpening surface so you should thoroughly wash the surface and dry it after using.
Be sure you have cleaned your edge, whether knife, blade, pruner, chisel, etc., before sharpening. Different DMT surfaces The interrupted, or polka dot pattern is extremely efficient as the recessed holes collect metal fines to prevent loading. The continuous diamond surfaced stone (Dia-Sharp®) is slightly less aggressive, but as effective in sharpening. Selection is a personal preference.
It will only take a few quick strokes of your edge on the DMT sharpener when you notice your edge starts to dull and you will never be without a keen edge.
If you maintain your edges, a fine diamond stone will be all you need. Extra-extra coarse stones are reserved for extreme stock removal and repair, otherwise, if an edge is damaged, start with an extra-coarse stone; if an edge is neglected, start with a coarse stone. To finish sharpening, step through the next grit from the starting grit and finish with a fine diamond stone. If you want a more polished edge, after using a fine diamond, complete with an extra-fine stone and if you want a more refined edge, step through to extra-extra fine.
Do not over sharpen. About 30 strokes on a conventional sharpening stone are equivalent to about 5 or 6 strokes on a DMT sharpener. This will save you time and extend the life of your tool. As noted above, you can also repair lost edges or nicks by starting with coarser grit sizes and stepping down as the edge gets sharper. Match the bevel with the sharpener to maintain your edge. Even more important than matching the bevel however is to keep a constant angle so you have a consistent edge. Break-in Period Initially, the diamond surface will seem aggressive in nature; the diamond sharpener will smooth after initial sharpening with no impact to long term performance. Overview Sharpening = removal of material. Sharpening keeps tools safer and easier to use. Interrupted diamond surface vs. continuous diamond surface - personal preference. Start with larger grit sizes then step down to refine your edge. Match bevel angle (but MORE IMPORTANT keep angle constant). Do not over sharpen. Initial sharpening = break-in period Cleaning and Maintenance Cleaning and care of a DMT® stone are simple and necessary for best performance. After using a DMT Diamond Bench Stone or Sharpener simply wet it (if it is not already lubricated with water) and wipe the slurry off with a rag. This slurry is evidence that the sharpener has done its job. If the swarf is not wiped off the sharpener after use it may clog up the diamond and not allow it to sharpen as well as it could be it clean.
Also, once in a while it is a good idea to get a common cleanser and scrub the sharpener with a nylon brush or nylon pad. This will ensure the sharpener is not clogged with slurry and will allow for optimal sharpening. Finally, make sure you store your sharpeners dry after you clean them off. Overview Clean off with a rag after use Not cleaning will result in clogging Scrub with cleaner periodically Store dr
Jorgensen unique E-Z HOLD bar clamps allow you to quickly and easily clamp. The comfort grip and quick-release lever make it simple to get a firm grasp. The Jorgensen has an exclusive patented feature that lets you join two clamps together.
NOVA 35018 Sharpening Center brings the precision of machine grinding, but without the cost. Combines the traditional Grinding Jig and the Powerful Finger Grind Jig into one versatile sharpening tool. Achieve true and precise machine grinding with controlled slideway, delivering all the advantages of a grinding machine to your bench grinder. Designed to be lightweight but rigid – your hand feels the grind, not the holder. The Finger Grind attachment is included as standard equipment, giving enormous capacity for large chisels up to 1″. It is able to handle spindle and bowl gouges, parting tools, skew chisels, scraping tools plus woodworking chisels. The best grinding principles are used – the across the carriage minimizes contact with the wheel thus reduces heating. This is the best method to allow the chisel tip to retain it hardness and edge. It also keeps the grinding wheel in good condition. The NOVA 35018 Sharpening Center can precisely and easily dress the stone accurately. The slideway makes the dressing easy – the wheel is perfectly flat and parallel. Most other systems rely on hand dressing. Note: Diamond dressing or other dressing stones are not included as standard in the unit. Fits 6″ and 8″ bench grinders. Includes Base, Sliding Platform, Adjustable Arm, Finger Grind Unit, Fasteners and Instruction Manual.
The Robert Sorby ProEdge offers effortlessly repeatable sharpening every time. Hugely versatile, this industrial strength machine is built to last and delivers astounding ‘factory finish’ results without fail. Perhaps the most simple to use sharpener on the market, this system replicates the industry standard of achieving a flat grind using the preferred method of belts over traditional grinding wheels. Sharpens bench, framing, carving and turning chisels, drill bits, plane irons, knifes and garden tools.
Simply one of the finest hollowing systems on the market. Works equally well on wet or dry grain end timber. The Sovereign Ultima hollowing system uses a high performance cutter system with self clearing head design allowing for fast and effortless waste removal. Depth of cut can be finely tuned by altering the cut adjustment cap using the micro-adjust wheel. The multi- variable configuration head and link system allows the tool to be used in a variety of positions to create a multitude of hollow form shapes. The Sovereign Ultima is currently available in two sizes: the small version is suitable for projects up to 11" in depth and is fitted to the 16" Sovereign handle, the medium sized model has a maximum hollowing depth of 16" and is fitted to the 22" Sovereign handle. Both systems include ⅜" and ½" collet adaptors to allow for a variety of other tools to be fitted. Both sizes are available either with or without handles.