I'm Flattened

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I'm Flattened

Post by Peter Nowlan » Sat Mar 25, 2017 12:10 pm

I have gone through a lot of different flattening plates and stones with very mixed results. The Atoma 140 has reigned supreme but I haven't tried things like a Nubatama 24 very very coarse stone, but I have tried just about everything else including the Shapton plate which is great but so expensive.

Today I picked up what may just be the answer to my flattening prayers. Initial impressions after lapping about 8 stones is that it is the best plate I have ever used and it's size makes it absolutely perfect for the job.

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I've read so many positive reviews and spoke to a fella who has one and has used it in a professional environment for 6 years that I had to check it out. It's $245.00 Canadian. Impressed the heck out of me so far. It's 4" X 10" (100mm X 255mm(

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Re: I'm Flattened

Post by J david » Sat Mar 25, 2017 3:30 pm

DMT was my first diamond plate (120 micron). It excelled at flattening stones, but when I used it for heavy thinning and reprofiling, it lost its diamonds quickly. I have since learned that some DMT plates wear prematurely and the manufacturer might replace it, however mine is years old and I've moved on. Atoma has been a better all around plate for me.

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Re: I'm Flattened

Post by Peter Nowlan » Sat Mar 25, 2017 4:36 pm

Well I'll have to wait and see. I plan to use it almost exclusively for flattening in conjunction with the Naniwa 220 flattening stone.
I love the Atoma as well and it will always be there if I want to go back to it.

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Re: I'm Flattened

Post by craig_uw » Sat Mar 25, 2017 5:06 pm

I use the same plate. I find as a flattening plate it outperforms anything else I have tried as well.

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Re: I'm Flattened

Post by Kit Craft » Sat Mar 25, 2017 7:20 pm

Thanks for sharing, looking forward to seeing how it holds up.

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Re: I'm Flattened

Post by Badgertooth » Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:02 pm

I've only ever had a DMT XC and while it won't thin worth a damn, it's an excellent stone lapper now that it's mellowed out

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Re: I'm Flattened

Post by Jeff B » Sun Mar 26, 2017 12:02 am

I came very close to buying one of these when Mark offered them and wish now I had. Opted for the Atoma because of cost. I read a very praising article about the DMT Lapping Plate only after buying my Atoma. The Atoma is a very good plate but would love to have the DMT Lapping Plate. Maybe if I ever wear out the Atoma.

Must note that there is a difference in the DMT Dia-Sharp plate we're all familiar with and the DMT Dia-Flat that the flattening plate is.
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Re: I'm Flattened

Post by Peter Nowlan » Sun Mar 26, 2017 6:35 am

Must note that there is a difference in the DMT Dia-Sharp plate we're all familiar with and the DMT Dia-Flat that the flattening plate is.
That's a good point, it's not just a larger version of one of their normal plates. I got lucky when I bought it because the salesman was quite familiar with the product and uses it extensively in their shop.

I'll check back in down the road with an update

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Re: I'm Flattened

Post by Jeff B » Sun Mar 26, 2017 10:00 pm

Peter is yours the 120 micron or the 95 micron? I'm betting the 120.......
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Re: I'm Flattened

Post by Peter Nowlan » Mon Mar 27, 2017 6:24 am

You're right Jeff, 120.

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Re: I'm Flattened

Post by DarkStar » Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:45 am

How does stiction compare to Atoma? That seems to be where Atoma gets a lot of praise.

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Re: I'm Flattened

Post by Peter Nowlan » Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:50 am

Stiction is something I was worried about but there is none. No worries there.

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Re: I'm Flattened

Post by Kit Craft » Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:46 am

Peter Nowlan wrote:
Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:50 am
Stiction is something I was worried about but there is none. No worries there.
Try an "Omura" from Wakayama and test that theory. I have yet to find a plate that will not stick to this stone unless flattening under running water. This thing just makes so much mud under an atoma that it marries itself to the plate. To be fair, it is the only stone that I have or have had that does this to such an extent. :lol:

Seriously though, you make me want to try one of these out as I have a lot of larger stones and the atoma just does not cut it (no pun intended).

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Re: I'm Flattened

Post by DarkStar » Fri Mar 31, 2017 10:55 am

Trying to resist temptation for now. My current plate is definitely much slower than when new.

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Re: I'm Flattened

Post by Peter Nowlan » Fri Mar 31, 2017 11:44 am

Hey Fellas, wait for 3 months, I have 90 days to return the plate if I am not satisfied.
I said the Naniwa 220 flattening stone was great but it pales in comparison. I have a tendency to think and say things are the best after only a little time with the product. I have to learn to hold off on my opinions until I give them a true test.
Having said that, the DMT lapping plate is continuing to blow me away.
Kit I only have the one Natural stone so far, I do intend to change that in the future but I can see you having a sticking problem with a muddy stone, I love muddy stones though.

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