Pros: Effectiveness, Durability, Ease of Use
The Hone that I wish I did not use so much
I bought this hone back when they first released it, been using it far to much ever since. This, for me, is "THE" tool to start with when you need to get a blade profile into shape. I nearly wore out a 'conventional' extra coarse stone trying to get the bevels on an early Buck Nighthawk even back in the 'pre-diamond' days, this hone has handled the task on more other blades than I can count and keeps on going. It would be pretty rare for me to let one of my own knives get to the point where I needed to use this (after a get the shape where it 'should' be session when newly aquired) but it often becomes the tool of choice when a friend hands me something that looks like it has been used as a garden trowel and asks if I can 'touch it up a little'. You certainly could get by starting with the coarse diamond stone but why make the job last that much longer? If you need to remove some steel to get an edge into proper shape - you want this hone on hand!