Honing a fresh edge quickly

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Blog entry by lwllms posted 06-03-2013 11:43 PM 2604 reads 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Cutting edges are supposed to be created by the meeting of two surfaces. Most the stuff on honing I see only addresses refreshing one of those surfaces but both surfaces suffer dulling wear in use. Repeatable, dependable creating of a sharp edge requires addressing both surfaces. Flat stones and a matching flat face on the tool to be honed facilitate quick honing.

This video was created in response to Chris Schwarz’s blog post, Shut up and sharpen. He wanted links to videos posted.

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#1 posted 06-08-2013 02:39 AM

What I’m showing in the video isn’t new, it’s traditional honing technique. In the 1680’s Joseph Moxon alluded to this, in the 1830’s Peter Nicholson described pretty much the same process for honing a jack plane. Stanley’s instructions for sharpening was pretty much the same in the 1970’s as this block plane package from then shows:

It seems sharpening became an issue pretty much at the same time honing guides and other gimmicks to make sharpening “easier” became common. With my tremors if I can hold an angle accurate enough to raise a wire edge on each grit, anyone can. We do have an advantage today in that it’s now easier to flatten stones.

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#2 posted 06-08-2013 06:25 PM

Thank you for sharing your method and your knowledge Larry. It is much appreciated.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#3 posted 06-12-2013 11:48 PM

Great video Larry. Thanks for sharing the knowledge.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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