Axminster Rider Double Sided Diamond Bench Stone
Axminster Rider Double Sided Diamond Bench Stone
£37.56 (£31.30 Ex. VAT)

Axminster Rider Double Sided Diamond Bench Stone

Code: 951777

  • Double-sided premium quality stone
  • Ideal for plane irons, chisels and ceramic knives
  • Complete with rubber non-slip surround
  • Fine 1,000 grit (15 micron) and coarse 400grit (36 micron)
  • Recommended use with water to prevent clogging
  • 200mm x 65mm x 8mm thick
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£37.56 (£31.30 Ex. VAT)

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Frequently Bought Together

  • Axminster Rider Double Sided Diamond Bench Stone
  • Veritas Mk.II Honing System
  • Veritas Honing Compound
  • Connell Double Sided Leather Strop
Total: £113.93

In Detail

These 200 x 65mm double sided premium quality diamond stones give two options, just by flipping them over. We tested these extensively, medium 400G (36 micron) on one side and fine 1,000G (15 micron) on the other. Nickel plating permanently fixes the diamond particles onto the 8mm thick steel base. A chequered pattern carries away metal particles so maintaining the stone's cutting efficiency. The resulting surface is more than capable of sharpening modern hard steels, ceramic knives as well as traditional tool steels. A protective non-slip rubber surround keeps the stone in place when in use. You can use it dry but it works far better with a splash of water.



Overall L x W x H 200 mm x 65 mm x 8 mm
Reviews (19)

Customer Reviews

Overall rating 4.1 out of 5 based on 19 reviews

Newest Customer Reviews



21 July 2017

Not thrilled

I bought this as part of the Axminster Rider Sharpening Station Kit. I'm reviewing here separately because each item in the kit has its own pros/cons.

This diamond stone is OK, but I'm not over-impressed.

The first time I used it -- on an admittedly very damaged knife and a particularly blunt 8mm chisel, I managed to scratch it quite badly on the 1000 side. (I did use the 400 side first (which didn't scratch), but maybe I should have started with a 250 to get all the kinks out first.) And yes, I know, this may also have been my technique, but the scratches are now permanently there and they wreck anything I try to sharpen. I was disappointed that the stone could scratch like this. Diamonds, right?

The 8mm chisel in particular seemed to have difficulty with the diamond-shaped patterns on the stone -- I think that slipping in and out of the ridges caused it to scratch the surface in the process.

On the plus side, unlike those of some other reviewers, my stone is completely flat. So the 400 side is now quite useful for flattening my other waterstones, so all is not lost. In fact, I'm rather pleased that I have it for that use. It's good and heavy, which helps.

But as a sharpening stone in its own right, I'm not that thrilled. I wouldn't recommend it. A "real" stone is better -- and easier to remove any scratches.

Richard Thornton

12 April 2017

A heavy weight

The first impression with this diamond plate is the physical weight. Seated in it's rubber holder, it is very firm on the bench. In use, it is essential that only very light pressure is applied to the tool to prevent scoring, but once mastered, fast removal of material is easily achieved. I have not had this item long enough for it to show any wear, but for DIY use, I hope that it will last for a few years.

Sam Shields

29 December 2015

Good Product

I bought this last month and use it with the Mk2 Veritas Honing Guide and then move onto an 8000 grit waterstone and finish off with a leather strop, you get scarily sharp plane irons and chisels. Initially I got great fast results, but now it's been used quite a few times the effectiveness is dulling. I still get a good/excellent results but it just takes a little longer. i have also used it on a Veritas PM11 blade which is super hard anyway and got excellent results. I demonstrated it to my stepson yesterday and he couldn't believe how sharp tools can get, even the poorer quality ones. Would I buy it again? absolutely without a doubt.


8 November 2015

Good value

Excellent for the price. 400 side is slightly concave and 1000 side is slightly convex but nothing serious. Overall I'm getting really good results and I'm pretty happy with it.


3 July 2015

Fantastic bit of kit

Tried one of these to replace my aged and worn out Trend diamond plate. Thought I'd take a punt on this as the price was just too good, even if it wasn't flat like some have said, I could afford to keep exchanging it until got a flat one. I have to say, I must have been born lucky!! 100% flat when tested with an exceptionally high quality engineers square I have (which isn't used for anything else other than checking the squareness of any squares which come into my workshop) Ordered at about 1/4 to 4, and arrived next day as promised by Axminster's exceptional customer service. I thought they'd perhaps sent me 2 when I picked up the box, but no; this thing is a real heavyweight, thick, fabulously finished, integral rubber holder which works, and a nice pop stud resealable plastic wallet to keep the workshop dust off when finished. The cutting action is superb, regrinding the bevel on an old hard Marple's blue on the 400 side took no time at all, and putting a reasonable edge on with the 1000 grit ready for the water stones was a breeze. I would heartily recommend one of these to anyone based on my experience, and am going to buy another just to use for flattening my 3 and 5k water stones. If this is your only sharpening medium, you can't go far wrong and it will give you a working edge. If however like me you need to be able to see your face in the bevel (sad I know) then you'll need something finer for that last polish.

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