Axminster Rider Double Sided Diamond Bench Stone
Axminster Rider Double Sided Diamond Bench Stone
£37.96 (£31.63 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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£37.96 (£31.63 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: £114.41

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. On first use the diamond surface may seem aggressive, this is the same with all diamond sharpening stones. This is called the break-in period and will have no impact to long term performance. After a few sharpenings the stone will smooth. 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.

This product is on page 247 of the Axminster Tools & Machinery 2018/19 Catalogue.


Overall L x W x H 200 mm x 65 mm x 8 mm
Reviews (28)

Customer Reviews

Overall rating 3.9 out of 5 based on 28 reviews

Newest Customer Reviews



10 November 2018

lost grid fast

I have used mine for probably 4/5 hours and its already loosing grid on the 400 grid side. Not worth the money.


1 November 2018

Rider Diamond stone

I've only had mine a week and must admit was initially concerned when I read the poor reviews, so when I visited the store to make the purchase I checked the stone carefully using a nearby straight edge and found no issues with flatness. I have sharpened several of my plane irons with no issues, using the 1000 grit side then 3000 & 6000 grit stones to polish the surface. All have come out very well with a keen edge, but I would repeat the instructions which state to use very low pressure on the blades, as I can only think this is why previous reviewers had issues with shedding the diamond grit. I will continue to use it and do another review in a few months, but so far for the price I think it is very good. Lets face it a Trend would cost nearly three times the price of the Rider so you have to be realistic.


12 September 2018

Not flat, waste of money

I was surprised by stone being so much out-of-flat. It was 0.43 mm within the length at one side (convex) and 0.15 mm at the other side (convex).
Don't buy it if you want to use it for bench plane iron sharpening. It might be only ok for narrow irons, chisels or knifes. Not suitable for plane irons where you need precisely flat stone.


8 September 2018

UPDATE - Not stood up to light hobby use.

My Original review was positive.
Initially good but long term this isn't worth the money as diamond dust is soon shed.
Not stood up to light hobby use, I stopped using it after a year.



29 August 2018

Mixed feelings

Bought mine a while ago and haven’t used it too much because its surface flatness is really bad. It seems that issue is with manufacturer quality control so getting flat stone is lottery. On positive side it works quite well, and diamond surface holds up quite nicely for wear and tear. There is a nice trick to clean this stone from clogged state by using good chunky medium soft pencil eraser which makes stone cut like new. Takes a little while to clean dirty stone but its well worth it.

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