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.