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Derek Cohen

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#1 posted 09-05-2015 01:55 AM

Keep in mind that tool steels determine the sharpening media you use. The media must work with the steel you have. Some steels are more abrasion-resistant to others. As the woods you work become more abrasion-resistant (e.g. contain higher levels of silica, such as the woods in Australia), then the tool steels need to be more abrasion resistant as well (HSS/M2, A2, PM-V11). This requires a different sharpening media to tool steels used on Pine or other soft or easy-to-work woods. With those one can get away with O1 and oilstones/sandpaper.

The point is that all sharpening media are not equal, and recommendations that this or that is best simply are inexact and possibly inappropriate for someone else.

Regards from Perth

Derek

-- Buildiing furniture, and reviewing and building tools at http://www.inthewoodshop.com


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