One of the original pioneers of the “V” sharpener and the clamp-on angle guide, Lanksy Sharpeners recently greatly expanded its line of diamond-surfaced hones. Given their extreme hardness, diamonds have long been the ultimate answer for restoring the edges of even the most exotic of steel alloys. Anyone that has read TK for very long has probably noticed that one diamond product or another is constantly being mentioned by our contributors. The one major problem with diamond hones in the past was their high cost compared to more common abrasives. As the technology has improved, this situation has slowly changed. Lansky can now offer hones fully coated with industrial abrasive diamonds at prices that compare with the much softer Aluminum oxide and Silicon carbide sharpeners.
Why Diamonds Rule
Along with being easily capable of sharpening even the toughest alloys, diamond hones offer a number of other advantages over traditional sharpening methods. Given that only a very thin layer of abrasive material is needed on a backing surface, diamond hones tend to be much lighter than other options. That makes them ideal for soldiers in the field, hunters and hikers. Most models are plated on a thin metal backing and then mounted in a durable plastic frame. Drop a conventional benchstone on a hard surface and you will usually break it. An equal size diamond hone will be totally undamaged by the same fall. Because they only require a plating over another surface, diamond hones can be made in a wide variety of shapes and sizes for special sharpening requirements. They also tend to be more compact than an equal size conventional hone.