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Diamond file recommendation

Discussion in 'Maintenance, Tinkering & Embellishment' started by HeavyHanded, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. HeavyHanded


    Jun 4, 2010
    Can anyone recommend a make of diamond files that are of good quality and come in a coarse/fine?

    I've seen everything from ezlap to a couple of higher end makers but not sure if there is any solid quality to price difference.

    These would be for dental tools and some specialty hair shears.

    I really just need flat, round, and square.
  2. jpm2


    Nov 19, 2014
    I can't specifically vouch for the files, but eze-lap plates are excellent imo.
    I should buy me a set.
  3. Wowbagger


    Sep 20, 2015
    I have just what you need :
    Mine looks like this

    hahaha just yoking. As far as quality though the diamonds and bonding are just fine. The handle keeps wanting to work loose during long filing sessions (when I was thinning some of my knives. I first thinned them on a white power grinding wheel then refined them with this diamond file before going to the Shapton Pro 120 to polish out the scratches from this truly aggressive file). Maybe this company has small files. I don't know.

    but seriously folks

    I have these. Link >>>>https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00292IOAA/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    Super inexpensive but they have not let me down and the diamonds stay on so I'm OK with them. May not be fine enough for dental tools but the fine ones are pretty decent. You might get a set and see what you think; can't beat the price. They come in a decent plastic pouch that keeps them separated and organized.

    And finally I have this small square file. Haven't used it a lot but seems fine. Does the job. I have no complaints. Link >>>>https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0035G081C/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2018
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  4. Misthailin

    Misthailin Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 15, 2017
    I was looking at some needle files done a bit of research just haven’t pulled the trigger yet.

    Believe the link is in the description
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  5. flatblackcapo

    flatblackcapo Part time maker, very very part time Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 25, 2012
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  6. HeavyHanded


    Jun 4, 2010
    Thanks all!
  7. bikerector

    bikerector Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 16, 2016
    Not exactly a file but a decent round sharpening stick that could work is the buck edgtek sharpening stick. I have both of these and they work nicely on my forward curving blades like recurves, kukris, and hawkbills. A baryonix scythe stone might be the trick too except they aren't diamond.
    Full size - 3 grit

    portable - 3 grit
  8. lonestar1979


    Mar 2, 2014
    Flat grind on cs ti lite would be way better than bayonet grind they make it with.Had Italian stiletto with flat grind and it cut very well for dagger.
  9. Wowbagger


    Sep 20, 2015
    It's outstanding ! ! !
    What could be better than a full flat ground Ti Lite IV
    I ask you . . .
    . . . well . . . two full flat ground Ti Lite IVs.
    They fit perfectly side by side in this belt pouch (flap folded back for photo). Different handle materials so I can tell them apart.
    A formidable work knife EDC.
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  10. annr

    annr Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 15, 2006
    Pardon my ignorance: did you do the flat grind yourself? or maybe you could post a link showing where these are available?
  11. JD Spydo

    JD Spydo Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2004
    I have a big set of diamond files made the 3M company that I got some time back at a big woodworking show. I've had really good results using them and they come in a wide range of grit selections.

    Since then I've also gotten a couple of the 3M diamond benchstones and I really have had great luck with those as well. When it comes to diamond sharpening tools I really believe that 3M is a well hidden secret. Of the 3M sharpening tools I've bought in the past few years I've been extremely satisfied.

    And you don't hear many people talk about 3M diamond sharpening tools and I find that kind of strange because they are indeed very good quality sharpening tools.
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  12. flatblackcapo

    flatblackcapo Part time maker, very very part time Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 25, 2012
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  13. flatblackcapo

    flatblackcapo Part time maker, very very part time Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 25, 2012
    What 3m stones do you have?
  14. lonestar1979


    Mar 2, 2014
    Ti lite is amazing defensive blade,very afordable,strong and deadly design that still cuts well for stiletto_One of best sd designs and by Cold Steel it sure is one of best choices on market for intended purpose.Mine also cuts very well after raising the grind to high saber ,wish it came like that from factory like some stilettos from Italy that have flat or high saber false edge grinds.
  15. basetta70


    Jun 24, 2010
    Try boride abrasive
  16. Chris "Anagarika"

    Chris "Anagarika"

    Mar 7, 2001
    I have something similar, made in China with colorful handles. Bought at local ACE. It’s long discontinued, couldn’t find them anywhere else. It works but not fine, usually for creating sharpening notch.
  17. David Martin

    David Martin Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 7, 2008
    I got my set of files, like Flatblack describes from Sheffield Knife Makers supply out of Florida. Buck offers a 6" rod w/ conical shape on one end and half round w/ flat on the other end. In it's handle is a collet that allows it to telescope and be tightened at any length. This I find useful and portable. DM
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  18. annr

    annr Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 15, 2006
    I could only find Sheffield on Facebook (I don't have an account there). The link to their website does not work. Does anyone know how we can check their inventory and/or make a purchase. Your set of files sound interesting.
  19. David Martin

    David Martin Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 7, 2008
    Just call them. The last time I checked one could download their catalog. DM

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