The first (and I believe the only) true diamond slipstone on the market. This is the 600 grit stone, designed with the woodturner in mind. Two flat surfaces and two different radii on the long edges provides a single tool for all of your woodturning honing operations. Size: 5" long, 2" wide and 1/4" thick. Made from high grades of diamond selected for longevity, double nickel plated onto mild steel. Comes with a premium leather sheath. WARNING: This is not the flat, imported, plated one-sided hone that has been associated with Alan's name. The metal shaping and diamond plating are all done in the U.S.A.
Diamond Slip/Hone made by a woodturner for woodturners. This is a true slip type hone with two different radius edges to fit inside virtually all woodturning gouges. The two flat sides and both radii are all coated with 600 grit high grade diamond. The diamond is attached by a nickel electro plating process, not with adhesives. This is an incredible tool to use after grinding your turning tools AND to maintain the edge between grindings. Not only do you get a sharper edge than just grinding, but you have no need to make frequent trips to the grinder for touching up a dull edge. Although I cannot guarantee these hones forever, when used correctly they should last most woodturners many years. The 600 grit is for light to moderate honing. If you have a tool that does not produce a serviceable edge within a minute, you probably should return to the grinder. The 600 grit is a nice balance between stock removal and the quality of the edge--making it the only grit you will need for woodturning tools. But remember: not for heavy honing--go to a grinder to achieve the first stage of sharpness of a dull tool. There is a long article on my web site (www.alanlacer.com) that covers honing all of the major turning tools. Comes with a premium leather sheath.
WARNING: This is definitely not an imported flat hone (coated one flat side only!) that is sold elsewhere, even those using the name of Alan Lacer .
CLEANING: I have been contacted by some who felt they wore out the stone--not worn out, just dirty.
Diamond or boron/CBN? Alan made these hones in CBN material about 10 years ago, but went back to diamond as it is approximately twice as hard as CBN. CBN is great for grinding wheels, where diamond would break down when grinding steel (a chemical reaction due to the generated heat of grinding). However, for hand honing diamond is far superior when using the correct high grade diamond material. For more information check this out:
One of the advantages of diamond is that you can hone with it dry, or use water or WD40 for heavy honing. However, you must clean it often if you use it dry. If lightly used, hot water and soap will work as will WD40, scrub if necessary with an old toothbrush. If buildup is significant (black particles of steel) or it has been a while since you last cleaned it, try PB Blaster (be sure it says "The original bolt and nut buster" as they now have a number of products). You can find this at most auto store, hardware and some big box stores. Spray it on, let it set for a few hours, wipe off with a cloth (scrub if need be with the old toothbrush).
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Posted by Bob Bartlett on 5th Sep 2016
I am very happy that I swallowed hard and bought this diamond hone. I am a wood turner, and I love sharp tools. I bought a Tormek to help, but it does take a few minutes to re-establish that razor edge.
I have found that the hollow grind from the Tormek is perfect for this diamond hone. Go to Youtube to see good technique on how to use a diamond hone. It doesn't just work by itself -- you need to develop a little skill. But now that I have been using it I can resharpen a chisel with just a few strokes. I have some Thompson super hard chisels and it works great on them.
Read Alan's instructions that come with the hone. When you first start using it you can tell that you are breaking it in. Alan claims that the tops of the diamonds fracture off, but you can tell that the very first use of the stone in a particular area generates a strange powder. After that stops (we are talking a few strokes)the hone seems to work even better.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Alan warns that it needs to be cleaned. Though I haven't had this problem, I would expect that if you pack it with iron debris and then the debris rusts that would have a negative impact on the performance of the hone. It is a fine tool. If I see an accumulation I scrub the hone with a fine bristle brush (e.g. toothbrush) and soap and water.
I would absolutely recommend this to my Bayou Woodturner friends.
Posted by Randy Koehler on 25th Aug 2016
The tear drop shape is excellent, and the size is perfect, it fits the hand very well. If you have never honed your tools before, watch Alan's video on sharpening and honing spindle gouges. It explains the very simple process quite well.
It makes a massive difference in the sharpness of all my tools, even after using a 180grit CBN wheel in a vari-grind 2 jig.
It also has the benefit of making those "disposable" carbide inserts, not quite so disposable.
Posted by Brad Kallmyer on 9th May 2016
I used a similar Alan Lacer hone at a couple woodturning courses at Marc Adams School of Woodworking before purchasing so I knew what I would be getting ahead of its arrival. The reasons I purchased it: high quality; good size radius for honing inside of gouges; moderately large flat surface suitable not only for sharpening skews and parting tools but also chisels, etc.; more durable and convenient than a wetstone. The leather sheath is a great extra. The hone is relatively expensive, but I look at this to be a long-term investment and cost-effective labor-saver.
Posted by Steve Johns on 23rd Mar 2016
I now realize my tools were not critically sharp before, there really is a big
difference in the results I'm getting after honing with this diamond. Thanks
Alan for a great product re-introduction!
Posted by ron alflen on 22nd Feb 2016
nothing I, in my shop conpares with this tool
Posted by Zach on 18th Feb 2016
I've just recently become interested in working on the wood lathe. I had the good fortune to get some tips from a master - Jim Short of Coupeville, WA - and he had two of these slipstones.
My lathe isn't the fanciest, my tools aren't top shelf, but this slipstone enables me to have a great time on the lathe by keeping my tools sharp. Already, I have put it to ample use for quick honings to bring my tools back to sharp and it makes such a difference.
It's worth the price. It's a quality tool in itself. You won't regret it. And it wont break if you drop it!
Posted by Jesse Yantis on 29th Nov 2015
This tool is a tool that should be in every serious turners pocket. I use it to make my tools super sharp and it does save me time on the grinder
Posted by Unknown on 18th Nov 2015
Very satisfied. I will gladly pay more for a quality product like this.
Posted by Peter Butzin on 16th Jul 2015
I've tried lots of sharpening tools, including diamond, stones, and jigs.
I saw Alan using this at a forum of Florida Woodturners last winter and was intrigued.
His method rarely uses a grinder. Instead he keeps this in his pocket, honing his tools with every few minutes of turning.
Now I've learned the trick and am grateful for the tip.
This sharpener works exceptionally well all sorts of scrapers, skews, and gouges.
It's the most expensive, single sharpening device I've purchased, but I expect it will hold up to years of use. I can't say the same for those little diamond encrusted "nail files" that I've used previously.
Posted by James on 21st Mar 2015
I cant believe how much difference the Diamond slip stone 600 grit makes on my skew. As a new wood turner I need all the help I can get It is unreal how much sharper the skew is over just using the grinding wheel. The good part is I don't have to use oil on the stone Each time I go back and sharpen the skew after each turning it seems like it is sharper probably because I am still learning how to!
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