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Buying Diamond Stones

Buying Diamond Stones

When buying diamond stones, Paul suggests getting a coarse stone between 120-400 grit (250 is best), a fine stone between 600- (600 is best) and a super-fine between - ( is best).

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Paul recommends the 3&#; (76mm) x 8&#; (203mm) diamond stones from EZELAP, this width is so you can comfortably fit the width of a chisel and a plane blade on the stone. The length of 8&#; (76mm) gives you enough distance for a full stroke, any shorter and you will have to do more work to get your bladed tools sharp.

Around We purchased the:

  • Coarse Grit Diamond Bench Stone 250 grit for £68.54. In our latest price check* the price was £83.39
  • Fine Grit Diamond Bench Stone 600 grit for £57.89. In our latest price check* the price was £71.99
  • Super Fine Grit Diamond Bench Stone grit for £57.89. In our latest price check* the price was £79.20

Update January : We contacted the company and they will ship to the US. Shipping rates are calculated on checkout.

Update November : These grits are sometimes out of stock but they are also stocked on Dieter Schmid Fine Tools.

If you wanted to lower costs and get the same results, Paul recommends the double sided 3&#; (76mm) x 8&#; (203mm) x ¼&#; (6mm) with one side 250 grit and the other side grit. By missing out the middle grit, it means you will have to spend longer on the fine grit to complete the honing and you won&#;t be able to permanently fix them into a holder.

You will get efficient and thoughtful service from Litian Century.

When sharpening your tools, Paul recommends using auto glass cleaner to lubricate the stones, he prefers this over water as it doesn&#;t promote rust. One spray on each stone is enough. Use a tissue to mop up excess liquid when finished.

Visit our guide to see How to Make a Sharpening Stones Holder.

*Prices checked March

Diamond Blade Do's & Don'ts


For more information, please visit Diamond Dressing Tools.


  1. Don&#;t cut dry except with a blade specifically designated for dry cutting by the manufacturer.
  2. Don&#;t exceed the maximum operating speed established for the diamond blade.
  3. Don&#;t operate a saw without proper safety guards in place. NEVER OPERATE ANY SAW, WET OR DRY, WITHOUT A BLADE GUARD!
  4. Don&#;t use the blade to cut material other than that recommended by the manufacturer for that specific blade type.
  5. Don&#;t use the blade on a type of saw other than that specified by the manufacturer.
  6. Don&#;t force blade onto machine blade shaft, alter the size of the mounting hole, or tighten mounting nut excessively. The use of loose bushings to reduce the arbor hole size is not recommended for diamond blades used on high speed saws.
  7. Don&#;t stand in direct line with dry diamond or abrasive blades during start-up or operation.
  8. Don&#;t attempt to cut more than 1 ½ inches deep per pass with dry cut blades.
  9. Don&#;t make long continuous cuts with a dry diamond blade. Allow the blade to cool by turning in air every few minutes. The harder the material being cut, the more often the blade should be allowed to cool.
  10. Don&#;t force the blade into the material; allow the blade to cut at its own speed. Forcing the blade may cause overheating or blade damage.
  11. Don&#;t cut or grind with the sides of a diamond blade.
  12. Don&#;t allow the blade to deflect in the cut.
  13. Don&#;t attempt to cut curves or radii.


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