For me, sharpening a plane iron or chisel is soothing, relaxing and almost religious. That being said, it also needs to be really trouble free or it won't get done when it should. A while back I posted that I had bought some new diamond stones and sharpened a plane iron to perfection. That was then...this is now. All in all, I wasn't really happy with the diamond stones the more I used them so I sold them. So far I've tried: Japanese water stones, ceramic stones, diamond stones and now I'm gonna try "scary sharp", a proven method of sharpening using sandpaper. I've done some tests and am very happy with the results. This could be it! I'll report my results soon...... What method are you rod makers/woodworkers using?