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Old 06-19-2011, 01:36 AM
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Default DMT sharpening system reviews?

Been thinking that I need a sharpening device since, well, I don't have one. Aside from the idea of dragging chisels and plane irons through the kitchen knife sharpener. Kidding, really.

Anyone know about this one that Woodpeckers sells? The DMT system. I can't find much available online from anyone that's used it, and the search function here doesn't like 3 letter words. It claims a dual bevel (25 and 30 deg) and has plates from 120 grit to 1200 (and then one more at 8000)

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Old 06-19-2011, 04:54 AM
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Default Re: DMT sharpening system reviews?

I've had one on order for 10-14 days now. Usually as soon as I assume I've been completely forgotten by Woodpeckers, I finally get the 'mailroom' email saying it shipped. Then add many more days. Nice stuff, but a policy of shipping once every 2 weeks is ridiculous IMHO. Maybe it's not the policy, but from this side it sure looks like it.

Anyway, I expect the 'mailroom' mail soon so add 7 days to that. I'll let you know what I think a little after that; maybe with video.
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Old 06-20-2011, 01:32 PM
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Thanks. I think I'm going to order one through Amazon and see what happens. Anything has to be better than the nothing I've got now!

But I will look forward to your video, doubtless with a bit in there as to how you've managed to use it for a manicure AND open the Labatt bottles!
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Old 06-20-2011, 05:16 PM
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Default Re: DMT sharpening system reviews?

I've had the set since they started selling them. It works "as advertised" & will restore a working cutting edge quite quickly. I only use it for chisels, on plane irons I like to use water stones or the scary sharp method to add micro-bevels & camber the iron corners. I wouldn't hesitate to use the set for irons also if I were just starting to use hand tools. The other handy purpose would be for contractors to carry to job sites where you might not want to mess with water stones.
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Default Re: DMT sharpening system reviews?

I have the DMT system discussed, for me it is just OK, seems difficult to hold the blades in place and achieve uniformity. I admit to shy away from a multi-hour course on sharpening, but would like to have good results.

The Tormek and Veritas power sharpening systems look interesting - they have been discussed here at various times - does anyone have a strong opinion in favor of one or the other? There is an old FWW article that favored the Veritas system that I saw, but they both have changed since that time.

Thanks - Looking forward to some strong opinions and great advice, as always.
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Old 10-01-2013, 02:57 AM
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I've never used a tormek or the Veritas sharpening system. I don't often hear complaints aimed at the tormek, it's a well built system with lots of additional options. You can re-sharpen just about anything on a tormek.
I have an old Makita horizontal water stone sharpener, but don't use it much..last time I saw it, it was all beat up in the corner of my shop
I pretty much exclusively use the sharpening stone set from, Stu at tools from Japan. That's been the best sharpening set ive used. I also have a couple of flattening plates from him.
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Old 10-02-2013, 04:07 PM
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Default Re: DMT sharpening system reviews?

I've had a Tormek for years and really like it.

I use it mostly for chisels and plane irons. I have not tried planer blades or turning tools as I don't have the adapters for them.

I tend to use the Tormek for getting things sharp and then use water stones with a Bridge City guide for touch-ups and micro bevel. I can go from dull to sharp on a set of chisels in no time with the Tormek.


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Old 10-02-2013, 04:13 PM
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Default Re: DMT sharpening system reviews?

Thanks for your input Neil - I haven't heard bad things about the Tormek from anyone that has used it, seems to be a great machine. I wonder if the Veritas system is a good one for me - seems smaller, easier to use, and easier on the wallet. I haven't seen many user comments about the Veritas.
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Default Re: DMT sharpening system reviews?

I have the Worksharp 3000 and am pleased with it for sharpening chisels. It's also a fraction of the cost of a Tormek. The knife sharpener is also excellent.

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Old 10-03-2013, 11:59 AM
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I have the Worksharp 3000 and am pleased with it for sharpening chisels. It's also a fraction of the cost of a Tormek. The knife sharpener is also excellent.

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+1 for the worksharp, best system I've found for sharpening tools.
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