By: ISI-SocietyLong Island,NY (USA)
The DMT XXC 140 Diamond Plate (8x2.75x5/16") and universal stone holder 2pc set are together an AWESOME combined value for a sharpening n00b like myself. The 140 grit diamonds are set in the top face of what appears to be a solid nickel matrix - very aggressive,very flat,very sturdy,and defect free. It immediately raised mud on the first stone I leveled on it - a hard 8.25x2.75" Global Ceramic 1000 grit whetstone,and in less than 10-15mins of rubbing the two plates against each other under running water,the global stone was fully back to true ... all dishing and gouges from years of use were gone,and even the face edges felt sharp enough to cut paper (I subsequently gave them a tiny bevel,to avoid cutting myself). 0.3
2 very minor nits: I wish the 140 was just a tad larger,because my global stone overhung it by 1/4". The larger 10x4" plate (DMT or Atoma) will be my next upgrade. I also wish the plate was about 1/16" taller,to give the working face a wee bit more clearance above the ends of the universal holder. Aside from those two minor nits,this is a great set.
Color me happy.