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Edge Pro Matrix resin bond diamond stones

Discussion in 'Maintenance, Tinkering & Embellishment' started by Diemaker, Jun 14, 2018.

  1. Blues

    Blues Lapsed SuperMod / Cattle Knife Rustler Staff Member Super Mod

    Oct 2, 1998
    Thank you, brother.
     
  2. Baron Mind

    Baron Mind

    77
    Mar 30, 2018
    Upon closer examination, yes, the area adjacent to the only area that loads has a glossy quality to it. I have lapped it once with loose SiC, but I will give it another good lapping and see how it does after that.

    Thanks!
     
  3. Diemaker

    Diemaker

    384
    Apr 28, 2017
    Which grit stone is it? After being properly dressed the stone should be an even matt finish.
     
  4. Baron Mind

    Baron Mind

    77
    Mar 30, 2018
    It's a 650. Theres perfectly straight path on the right hand side, maybe a third of the width that doesn't load with swarf. But after you told me what to look for, and catching the right light, it is clearly glazed in that area. I probably just didn't remove enough material the first time, just enough to get rid of the pencil marks. I'll check back in after I can lap it a little later
     
  5. Diemaker

    Diemaker

    384
    Apr 28, 2017
    Thanks for letting me know, I have heard of a few stones that didn't get completely dressed now. It's definitly not the diamond settling or being inconsistent, I can assure you of that.
     
  6. Baron Mind

    Baron Mind

    77
    Mar 30, 2018
    Finally got a chance to use the stone, and the second good lapping did the trick. Perfectly consistent now. Thanks for being so active on the community.
     
  7. OhioApexing

    OhioApexing Sharpener Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    198
    Apr 17, 2018
    Hey @Diemaker — I had a thought earlier while using the matrix stones. If this has been covered in the thread already, my apologies.

    But have you ever used a nagura on the matrix stones to clear loading during use? I assume it wouldn’t work well on the 80, 250, and maybe the 600. But it may be viable on the 1100 and up. Just wondering if you’ve ever tried it.

    I use a cheap King nagura to clear my Venev 150 on the rare occasions when I actually use it. Granted, Venevs use an entirely different resin, but the nagura does a great job of cleaning loading and even exposes a small amount of fresh diamond.
     
  8. Diemaker

    Diemaker

    384
    Apr 28, 2017
    I have dressed Shapton Glass stones with Matrix stones and it worked for both very nicely. I have also dressed some Matrix stones on an EP 1000 with good results so I don't think what you use matters too much, it just needs to be flat and at least as big as the Matrix stone. To dress a Matrix stone this way use a little water to develop a slurry, it shouldn't take more than 10-15 seconds of rubbing the two stones together to clean up the Matrix stone. I think this is a viable method of dressing the 650 and finer Matrix stones, it certainly is a lot less mess than using loose abrasive on a plate.

    A while ago I ground some different "granite" tile pieces flat to see if they would work as dressing flats for Matrix stones, just haven't tried them yet.
     
  9. OhioApexing

    OhioApexing Sharpener Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    198
    Apr 17, 2018
    Thanks for the reply. I was actually sharpening some CPM-M4 yesterday and decided to go ahead and try dressing the Matrix stones with that cheap King nagura. It actually worked fairly well. I wouldn't say that it worked as well AlOx on glass but it worked better than isopropyl and a shop towel. It certainly improved the stones' performance.

    I think I'll start incorporating it more often. I'll continue using alcohol and a shop towel after each use, then maybe the nagura every few uses, and the AlOx/glass every dozen or so.
     
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  10. Diemaker

    Diemaker

    384
    Apr 28, 2017
    In a way loose abrasive on a plate does too good of a job. After dressing them this way the stones are super aggressive and it takes a knife or two for the stone to "break in". Probably dressing the Matrix stones on another stone wouldn't wear them quite as much either.
     
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  11. brando555

    brando555 Gold Member Gold Member

    257
    Sep 26, 2018
    Yeah 240 loose grit alum oxide is pretty aggressive on the 2300 and 4000, I usually try to only do that when they need a deep clean. I've also lightly rubbed them together which works fine too, freshens them up and keeps them flat.
     
  12. T.L.E. Sharp

    T.L.E. Sharp That's right, it's genuine Velveeta... Platinum Member

    Jun 30, 2016
    I use a small piece of 3m lapping film to scrub off the stones. I've been using these matrix stones for a while now and I think they're probably my favorite finishing stones for modern steels.

     
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  13. sickpuppy1

    sickpuppy1 Basic Member Basic Member

    350
    Sep 27, 2018
    OK, I got done with an extended period with the Diamond Matrix stones and was all sorts of psyched about them (still am). But instead of doing an immediate review I decided to wait and go through my regular stones again while it was all fresh in my mind. For reference, I’m using a Hapstone M2 and recently got to use the new bearing upgrade for the main slide rod, but that's a different review, lol.

    My normal stones are the SIC stones from Gritomatic 120,240,600,1000,2500 I also have the standard set of 220,400 and 1200 that came with it. I thought that using both for extended periods would give me a better basis for comparison.
    I think the best way I can describe the Diamond Matrix stones is smooth and “respectful”
    The 80 and 250 stones are NOT gonna “hog off metal” like I’ve seen described of some stone in that range but they do remove it faster than My SIC stones for sure! One of the biggest differences is the scratch pattern I see after using them. It is sharp and defined and no gouges or overly deep stuff that I have to get rid of with the next stone before it gets to do its thing. And you don't need undo pressure to make them work. No leaning into or pressing down on the rod to get results, its just casual movement.
    Now to where I see the biggest change! 650 on up…. Most of my knives don't need a re profile or have deep damage to them so for normal use I would start at 650 or higher. The first few knives I did I used the standard back and forth movement and they work fine. Much easier and faster than the sic stones. Already I’m a believer. But I have a tendency to be light on pressure anyways and don't get big honkin burr’s on the apex like some talk about. On a whim, I just started using trailing edge strokes after that.
    BAM! I started getting burrs in half the time and could remove it in 1-2 stroke on the other side.
    Now part of the comparison...I still don't get results like that with my sic stones after going back to them. Works great on the DM stones, not on my sic’s….. Maybe its just me, but I like easy!!
    The 650,1200,2300,4000 all remove more metal or should I say they produce an edge much faster than I would have thought at a reduced pressure too. The scratch pattern is smoother and tighter than normal due to improved grit pattern in the stone,epoxy, pancake batter, what ever he’s using.
    This all part of why, at the beginning I called them respectful, in case you were wondering about that. It becomes a process that takes off the metal and shapes the blade, but in a way that doesn’t abuse and gouge the steel. Respect is the best way I could describe it. I can’t fault my own stones at all, I enjoy using them and get great results with them. But the Diamond Matrix Stones really are an evolution in guided sharpening stones and I don’t know if he’s lucky at finding this solution or a good designer or what, but I’m glad he did and I am gonna put buying knives on hold for a bit to spring for these. It’s the real deal.
     
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2019
  14. Blues

    Blues Lapsed SuperMod / Cattle Knife Rustler Staff Member Super Mod

    Oct 2, 1998
    Very nice write-up SP. :thumbsup:
     
  15. sickpuppy1

    sickpuppy1 Basic Member Basic Member

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    Sep 27, 2018
    Thanks!
     
  16. Diemaker

    Diemaker

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    Apr 28, 2017
    Thanks for the great write up! It's been more luck than anything, although I have tried a lot of variations over the years. Lots of advantages to edge trailing strokes and deburring with the leather strop. Speaking of which I never did look at your signature.
     
  17. sickpuppy1

    sickpuppy1 Basic Member Basic Member

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    Sep 27, 2018
    Huh? signature, I dont get it.
     
  18. Diemaker

    Diemaker

    384
    Apr 28, 2017
    The slice.
     
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  19. sickpuppy1

    sickpuppy1 Basic Member Basic Member

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    Sep 27, 2018
    ah!THAT signature,lol
     
  20. Vasily Chapaev

    Vasily Chapaev

    2
    Aug 1, 2019
    Hi, there. Have 250,650,1100,2300 of Matrix stones and very happy with them. Agreed - they are respectful. My question is about ceramic knives- will the stones manage them? Any tips?
    Also your thoughts on 80 and 4000 grit to complete the set so to say. What are your thoughts - do I really need them for an additional 200 USD here in UK?
    At the moment I use normal 120 grit stone and polish tape of 3000 grit.
    Thank you.
     
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2019

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