Ignoring Good Advice
August 14, 2011 § 2 Comments
“To assemble your sharpening kit I recommend an incremental approach, beginning with the least amount of investment. It’s not that I don’t want you to spend money, but I would hate to have you waste buying stuff you won’t use” – Ron Hock, from The Perfect Edge
“When you pick a sharpening system, think of it as an old-fashioned wedding. You should devote yourself to one system. Spurn all others.” -Christopher Schwarz, from The Anarchist’s Tool Chest
“There are so many methods and jigs on the market today, grinders and guides, stones and abrasives. In properly trained hands all of them have the potential to work, just pick one or two and go at it.” – Tom Fidgeon, from Made By Hand, Furniture Projects from the Unplugged Woodshop
Ron Hock’s The Perfect Edge, The Ultimate Guide to Sharpening for Woodworkers is a terrific book on sharpening for woodworkers. He breaks down the steps to sharpening into simple, easy to understand fundamentals. Buy it directly from Ron and he will give you 10 dollars towards purchasing any of his other products (you know you will buy one of his blades at some point so that’s free money).
The Complete Guide to Sharpening by Leonard Lee is the classic book on sharpening for woodworking. This is the book that every professional woodworking shop and school in the country has on their shelf. Incredibly comprehensive – if your tool isn’t in here, it probably isn’t worth sharpening.