M.POWER’s Aspect By Aspect (SBS) diamond stones and leather-based strops are a dependable sharpening setup. The SBS’s aluminum base solidly holds six sharpening surfaces, three diamond stones and three strops, and permits for environment friendly motion from coarse to advantageous. Every part, together with the strop compounds and stone lubricant, suits right into a heavy-duty storage case.
The stones and strops measure 3 in. vast by 8 in. lengthy. The diamond stones’ grits are 300, 600, and 1200. The sprucing compounds’ are 1800, 2500, and 5000. The strops are leather-based connected to plastic covers that slip over the diamond stones and use magnets to remain in place.
I used to be in a position to shortly reshape a bevel on the coarsest stone, then proceed via the finer phases to get excellent outcomes with aircraft irons and chisels. The system additionally labored properly for carving gouges with the addition of a slipstone for the interior flute. The strops and compounds labored surprisingly properly. The primary two strops are significantly agency to reduce rounding of the innovative. Because the most interesting diamond stone breaks in and turns into finer, even much less observe up on the strops needs to be required. The ultimate strop left a mirror polished floor.
For sharpening sloyd knives, the SBS doesn’t permit good entry to the center stone. Additionally, because the stones are connected to the bottom, it was not attainable for me to take the stones to the device as I do once I sharpen adzes, axes, and drawknives.
—Hand-tool woodworker Dave Fisher will get a mirror polish in Greenville, Pa.
Picture: Barry NM Dima