Sharpening with sandpaper vs. other systems
If you’ve upgraded to bench stones or some other sharpening system, in what ways is it better than using sandpaper on glass?
I started out using honing film on glass, which worked wonderfully. When that got used up, I looked for something that wouldn’t have to be mail-ordered, and switched to wet-or-dry sandpaper, using spray adhesive to glue it to the glass.
The honing film was better in that the abrasive lasted a long time, the film was tough, and the pressure-sensitive adhesive was much more convenient than spray adhesive. (Although, spray adhesive is no longer a disadvantage of sandpaper. I finally realized that wet sandpaper doesn’t require glue!—the water holds it to the glass. Duh.)
I’ve pretty much ruled out brittle stones (sooner or later, I would drop a tool on it or knock it over onto the concrete floor). Are diamond stones shatter-resistant? And why do some diamond stones have a polka dot pattern, while others are homogeneous?