In that case, I can give you some advice as a fellow honing newbie. I just got my hones (and they just came!!!!), so the experience is still fresh in my mind. I can't tell you if one hone is better than another, and will leave that up to the pros, but I can tell you if you wanted to get that 12k, you would save a few hours of time buying a lapping plate for it. That said, sometimes the 12k comes really flat and not a ton of time is needed even with sandpaper. Mine came flat, really flat, but I've got a D8X to use on it anyways so I can remove chips from bad blades one of these days, and because my Norton 8k can benefit from it.
Originally Posted by Petesurfer
If you decide on a 12k, maybe wait and see how the one you got turns out. If you can get it lapped with sandpaper, great. if you can't then order something to lap it. That DMT 8k doesn't need to be lapped, but beyond that I can't really advise you about it. Personally I didn't want an ultra rapid 8k, but if that's what you want, I hear the DMT fits the bill.
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