Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Baxter, Tennessee
No, A leather hone would only be the last step in sharpening a carving tool and maybe a skew but they are seldom or never used on turning tools. The diamond hones come in different grit sizes they call course to ultra fine. The course is around 180 grit, medium around 270 grit, fine 600, ultra fine 1200. They do a good job of restoring the edge without going back to the grinder. At least for a few times.
I will sometimes refresh the edge on my gouge using the medium grit hone. After 3 to 5 times you tend to round the edge slightly so you go back to the grinder to clean the edge up. When you get good enough at the grinder you remove so little metal that you tend to do this instead of honing.
My skew is different. I hone with the diamond hones until the concave bevel gets flat enough that it takes a very long time to sharpen, then I will go back to the grinder to reestablish the edge.