For anyone considering DMT stones this is a pretty big decision to make. IMO the difference in performance is very small for the stone grits X thru E (eXtra-coarse thru Extra-fine). But with the EE (Extra-Extra fine) I have found the duo (holes) to be a very USELESS stone. It leaves a scratch pattern closer to that of a fine grit, maybe extra-fine. I have never tried a dia-sharp (no holes) EE stone. But recently I read where someone considers the dia-sharp continuous surface stones to perform as a finer grit than the same grit using duo-sharp stones. So, while I regard DMT's EE grit a poor investment I'd like to get opinions of anyone's opinion of how different (if any) the two type stones perform, expecially any difference in the EE grit stone in the EE grit. I love how my E grit continuous surface stone performs but have decided not to buy the EE continuous stone based just on my experience with the duo-sharp EE grit.
I thought a discussion on the difference in performance might be interesting and possibly help someone who may be considering DMT stones. Personally, I prefer the continuous surface and would like opinions on the EE grit using both types. Does anyone have a continuous EE grit stone that leaves a "smoother" scratch pattern than the E grit stone? There is a definate difference in the F and E scratch pattern. Is there any difference in the E and EE fine grits using continuous DMT stones?
Another personal preference is once I hit the "fine" grit area I prefer the Spyderco stones. Especially the fine and UF grits. That UF stone is nothing short of amazing IMO. So while I have no real desire to buy a DMT EE grit continuous stone I'd like to know how it does compared to the E grit continuous stone. Thanks for any help.