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