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
  • Axminster Rider Honing Guide
  • Veritas Honing Compound
  • Connell Double Sided Leather Strop
Total: £77.62

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
Grit 400 / 1,000
Reviews (22)

Customer Reviews

Overall rating 3.9 out of 5 based on 22 reviews

Newest Customer Reviews



14 January 2018

False economy

Bought this thinking it was a bargain compared to the more established brands of diamond stones. Other reviews are correct in that they are flat, however the adhesive used to fasten the diamonds to the steel is substandard as now i have a double-sided sheet of steel. Makes and excellent paper-weight.

Paul Sellersd

11 January 2018

Longevity is Questionable

I used one of these to trial it and found that the zinc plating peeled back after a few hours. This is due to fracture at the intersecting corners especially near to the points of the diamonds. A well made diamond plate should last an individual woodworker several years and of course this depends on the amount of use.


7 December 2017

Excellent and flat stone

Very pleased so far. I put off buying this because other reviewers had cited that the stone was cupped or bowed. This has not been my experience. I keep a veritas straight edge for checking the accuracy of stones, squares etc and this appears perfect on both faces. The cutting action is crisp although care must be taken not to apply too much pressure on the iron/chisel. Still early days yet but I will try to remember to add a review in 6-12 months as it beds in. I would echo other reviewers wishes that a wider range of grits were offered as I would certainly be interested. Re the comments from others re the flatness of the stone I note there are far more with positive experiences than negative and given the excellent service from Axminster had I received a warped or cupped stone I would have exchanged it until I got a flat one. First impressions are certainly excellent.


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.
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