ZapplePuter

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  1. that is correct. furniture and cabinet maker here (CR/Krenov School), and i can say that nearly every craftsperson in existence that needs flat stones uses a reference surface that's accurate/within ≈.0001-.0005 of flat. that said, flattening the sole of a plane, chisel or other precision steels that must then become their own reference surfaces makes this kind of accuracy important. once a person is experienced with hand sharpening of most field knives they may be able to follow the wear or dishing of the stone a bit without needing such reliable accuracy...regardless, diamond honing plate