I'm adding to my sharpening setup. Currently I have a DMT 10" 2-sided stone (extra-course/course) for heavy work. It's handy because the dense diamond coating makes it cut so fast. So for normal sharpening, I use the DMT coarse side for most repair work, resetting bevels, or for knives that are fairly dull. Then I finish on my Sharpmaker, using the ceramic fine and UF rods to refine the edge.
Now I would like to go to an "all bench stones" setup, so the Sharpmaker will be used mainly for touchups. So this leads to my question:
What would be the best general-purpose type of bench stones to supplement my DMT EC/C stone, where the purpose is refining the edges after doing heavy work on the DMT?
Currently I am looking at something either in a DMT diamond stone (like their fine/extra-fine 2-sided stones), or something in a ceramic (like Spyderco's fine and ultra-fine 2"x8" bench stones). I'm avoiding traditional options like water stones and the like, as I want to go with more man-made materials that are lower maintenance and stay flat over time. Right now, the ceramic seems like it may be a better choice. My thinking is, use the diamonds stones for what they are great at: fast cutting. And use the ceramics for what they are great at: super smooth edge refinement. I know the DMT fine/extra-fine stones probably do a great job, but I think after some initial cutting on the DMT coarse stone, the ceramics are able to do a really nice job of cleaning up the edge. I can already see this on my Sharpmaker, so moving to a bench stone, it seems logical to go with a ceramic bench stone in the same grit as the Sharpmaker. And if I find that I ever need an intermediate grit to take off a bit more metal after the DMT coarse stone and before the ceramic stone, I can throw in one of the Spyderco medium grit stones as well.
Thoughts on this?