I just got into hand tool woodworking and have been following the videos and blogs of Richard Maguire and Paul Sellers with special interest. They are both amazing artisans and instructors. But they have different opinions on what is the best sharpening method. Sellers swears by three diamond stones, going so far as saying that switching to diamond “will change your life”. Maguire uses a coarse diamond lapping plate and a Norton India oilstone, saying that diamond plates for the finer sharpening stages suck. And Sellers further states that the trend toward hybridization (i.e. using a diamond plate and an oil stone or water stone) is “silly”. These are strongly polar opposite opinions by respected masters in the field. I was wondering if the members of this forum have weighed in on this.