Sharpening Demystified

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Woodworking is a cutting craft therefore it follows that sharp tools are basic requirements. To create a sharp edge, two highly polished surfaces must meet in a regular plane. This is achieved by means of honing. Over many years I have tried various methods:

  • I started with Norton Stones, this didn’t work well for me.
  • Soon thereafter Arkansas oil stones were next on my list, unfortunately this was also not satisfactory for me.
  • About 10 years ago I started using Japanese stones along with sharpening jigs. This method was a lot more satisfactory, but the draw back was that Japanese Waterstones wear rapidly!
  • 5 Years ago, I bought a small Tormek and as far as I’m concerned this was the ULTIMATE solution. It is accurate, and the angles are repeatable.

P.S. A year ago I bought a set of Shapton ceramic stones. I have not used them, but I felt I needed them, possibly as a final step finishing stone (16,000 grit).

Does the search ever end?

By: Dr. Pine Pienaar

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