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  1. #16
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    I think that I am going to go with the kit option which provides fine/coarse and extra fine/extra extra fine.

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    Good choice!

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    cool, if you wouldn't mind can we get an update on how you like the extra extra fine? I'm curious how much difference there is between that and the EF.

    Also I find these sharpeners are fantastic dry, but splash some water on them during use and they are insane!

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    Guitarwolf, will do but as a heads up I kind of suck at sharpening, so take what I say with a grain of salt.

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    no worries, the more data points the better! So what knife are you using to learn on?

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    Just got these as well the coarse/fine and the extra fine/extra extra fine.

    Still need to play with it some more. This is my first time ever sharpening a knife
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    Well I mean I've been sharpening for like 8 years. I'm just not very good about it, I have multiple ESEE knives to sharpen, as well as folders, axes, and machetes.

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    I use the coarse/fine (blue/ red) as my main field sharpener, its good for axes and machetes aswell although a bit on the fine side for fixing big dings. I would ditch the guides and invest in a couple of cheap knives and a bench stone and learn how to freehand sharpen properly. Its an excellent skill to learn.

    I use a DMT diafold in the field and DMT 600 and 1200 grit bench stones at home.
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    Guitarwolf I have the extra-extra fine and I find that it gives nearly the same fine edge as a strop just not the mirror appearance. I can't tell the difference in cutting performance between using a strop and using the extra-extra fine stone. For me the strop is just "easier" when I'm doing the reprofiling after using a course and fine stones. The nice thing about the diafold is it takes up less space in the pack and it doesn't get any mould/mildew problems after getting wet from a water crossing or heavy rain.

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    Honestly I'd say it depends on your intention for the sharpener. If it's for field touchups then I'd go with the coarse/fine, but if for a survival kit or the like I'd go with the coarse/extra coarse. The coarse/fine is great for edge maintenance but not coarse enough for edge repair in the field. The edge you get off a coarse DMT stone (once it goes through its break-in period) is honestly fine enough for most woods tasks. The fine gives you a lovely edge though. I kind of wish they made an extra coarse/fine (black/red) combo. It'd be perfect for hard use tools if you ask me.
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    double tap
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    Can someone please post a link to the DMT double sided options (coarse/fine and fine/extra fine)?

    I've surfed the DMT site for years and find it confusing. So many products, and I can rarely find the ones I read about.

    PS: Is this what y'all are talking about?

    http://www.dmtsharp.com/sharpeners/f...sided-diafold/
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    Yessir! Those are the ones.

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    Cool. Thanks, 42.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FortyTwoBlades View Post
    I kind of wish they made an extra coarse/coarse combo. It'd be perfect for hard use tools if you ask me.
    They make that combo, I have one and it's listed on the website. Black/Blue.

    I wasn't too interested in the extra extra fine, I have an 8000 grit waterstone plus I strop all my knives anyway. Seems like overkill unless you have some kind of specialized tools.

 

 

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