Atoma Diamond Plate - #400
Atoma Diamond Plate - #400 is backordered and will ship as soon as it is back in stock.
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Diamond plates are arguably the most important component of the hand sharpening process, marginally less critical than the sharpening stones themselves.
Diamond plates have two primary uses. The first is heavy grinding of blades and bevels, as the coarse diamond particles remove metal faster than waterstones. The second use is to flatten waterstones, as sharpening any tool or knife will dish a waterstone to a greater or lesser extent.
The first requirement we have of our diamond plates is that they have an aggressive, hard wearing cutting medium. We have found the Atoma plates to be excellent on both fronts. The #140, #400 and #600 grits are all coarse enough to flatten the bevels of woodworking tools.
For heavy regrinding of profiles or severely chipped blades, we recommend the #140 plate. However, it's extreme coarseness means it should be be used on fine high-carbon knife bevels only with a lot of care, or not at all.
The #1200 plate does a great job of refining the scratch patterns of the other three plates, and allows the user to step straight onto a #1000 grit waterstone as the next part of the sharpening process.
The second requirement of any diamond plate is that it's substrate needs to be flat. As we use our diamond plates to flatten all of our waterstones, using a plate that is not true or flat can have damaging effects at all stages of sharpening, as it pushes all other waterstones out of flat as well.
After finding irregularities in other brands, we have decided to stock Atoma diamond plates as we have found the their aluminium substrates to be the most consistently flat of any variety we have tried. Additionally, Atoma diamond plates can also be purchased as a single sheet, so the user can either replace a worn plate or choose their own substrate - more information on that here.
We recommend Atoma diamond plates as a hugely versatile tool that will improve your sharpening out of sight - both for having a known flat surface to form bevels on and flatten waterstones with, and for speeding up grinding and the maintenance of stones.
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Perfect really. High quality, very well made.m and true. Well packaged. Highly recommended.
Very happy with the product has met all expectations
This diamond plate is perfect for flattening my whetstones. I used the sandpaper/glass for a while but spending the extra on the diamond plate was well worth it. So much quicker and easier to do the job and cleans off easily. Thanks JTA for your advice and great products as always!
I have been very happy with my atoma 400. I have used it for flattening Shapton Pro 320, 2000 and 8000 stones with much success.
I can see the stone lasting many many years
The Diamond Plate is great for keeping my Japanese water stones flat. I am a retired bookbinder and used to make my own knives. Now I use my water stones for keeping my kitchen knives sharpened. They are a joy to use!