The ultimate professional 8" diamond sharpening bench stone kit, developed by James Barry Sharpening.
This kit has been put together to give professionals, hobbyists and enthusiasts the very best equipment to sharpening, hone and polish their chisels, plane blades, woodturning and wood carving tools, and more.
This Titman Edge Exclusive Kit includes:
the 8" Classic Professional Double-Sided Diamond Bench Stone
double-sided 8" leather strop, manufactured in the UK by Phipps Leather and Wood
100ml Original Formula Lapping Fluid, developed by James Barry Sharpening
non-slip bench mat
rubber cleaning block
soft carry case
E8DBS 8" Classic Professional Diamond Bench Stone Details:
Width: 75mm (3")
Length: 210mm (8")
Grit: 1000 & 300
Double-sided diamond bench stone 203 x 75 mm extra-fine & coarse 1000/300 grit. Developed by James Barry Sharpening.
Premium Leather Strop
EACH LEATHER STROP IS HAND-MADE IN THE UK.
The 8" double-sided leather strop (L8STROP) has been designed as the ultimate quality product for those who appreciate only the very the best.
Hand-made, FSC approved and made by Phipps Leather and Wood in the UK. Two pieces of the leather are used (one on each side) to enable the use of both textured surfaces, one side (rough) for the application of the paste and the other side (smooth) to achieve the final polish.
Leather Strop Details:
Width: 75mm (3")
Length: 210mm (8")
Double Sided: Fine & Rough
The Mirror Finishing Paste For Use With Leather Strop
Microfine abrasive paste achieves a mirror finish after initial sharpening using a leather strop. Very fast and gives tools a super keen cutting edge to give clean accurate cuts.
Simply apply the paste to the strop, rub to absorb and then stroke the edge to be polished across the strop until polished clean. The paste is 8,000 - 10,000 grit, and it can be used on a buffing wheel.
Original Formula Lapping Fluid by James Barry Sharpening
Introduced into the woodworking tool industry 25 years ago by James Barry Sharpening, the lapping fluid was been used in the engineering industry for over 35 years. The petroleum-based lapping fluid is the perfect viscosity for diamond sharpening stones. Creating a bind between tool and stone allowing for ideal contact between the two.
Important Technical Information:
Grit & micron sizes are almost impossible to equate or translate into traditional grit sizes of water & oil stones, they are totally different. The grit sizes quoted on the following products are accurate to within the parameters of international grading standards which is +/- 11% Therefore a 25-micron product may consist of diamond particles varying from between 27.5 – 22.5
Remember a human hair cut in half is approx 50 microns.
All the products have a breaking in period, there is an excess layer of diamond which needs to be removed before the surface is at its optimum designed sharpening abrasion.
Be careful when breaking in a coarse side (300 grit / 50 micron) to wipe down the tool thoroughly before moving to the fine side (1000 grit / 15 micron) to avoid cross-contamination and therefore taking a much coarser diamond onto a much finer side – it will scratch it!
Once the stone is worn in, you will not need to be quite so thorough as there is no longer a threat of cross-contamination.
The actual cutting medium (micron size of diamond) is actually 1/3 rd of the quoted sizes.
In construction, the precision ground substrate (+/- 0.005” flatness) is placed in a tank of nickel which is heated to a certain temperature. Then an electrical current is added which electroplates the nickel onto the surface. This includes diamond particles. Then the nickel is grown around the particles so that they are buries 2/3rds deep leaving 1/3rd exposed (the designed abrasive cut) Similar to the construction and appearance of an iceberg.
The only way to quote the flatness of a diamond stone accurately is from the substrate only because of the variation of the diamond particles (+/- 11%) and because the new product does have to be broken in.
This is why this range of diamond products is regarded as one of the best available.
The diamond is electroplated directly onto a precision ground substrate.
Both sides are electroplated onto the same precision ground substrate giving the best possible flatness.
The majority of other products are constructed by a “layer” system where a plate is electroplated or impregnated with diamond and then stuck onto some sort of base material, either plastic or steel.
Why? Because it's cheap and very easy to produce. Our production is the most complicated and complex but gives by far the best results.
For the best quality, the diamond has to be electroplated directly onto the surface.
Ensure that you use the Titman Edge lapping fluid, the original fluid introduced into the Woodworking Industry by James Barry sharpening Solutions some 20 yrs ago. Lapping fluid is a synthetic based petroleum lubricant formulated to be used with diamond compounds.
This superior lubricant, with its penetrating qualities and oil/water solubility, not only increases the cutting action but assures superior lubrication of every diamond particle throughout the honing process.
Following the success of Lapping fluid, it has been copied and companies have tried to reproduce the original formula. The only brand now selling the original product is Titman Edge.