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#1 posted 07-10-2017 02:38 AM

Can’t tell you much about your choices as I only have experience with the jet and nova. The jet is a full step above the nova in power, good machining and mass but also costs more too. The jet is also veritable speed and reversible.
As for sharpening, if you are going to use a grinder, get a slow speed one with the friable wheels. Stay away from those grey wheels. Heat is the enemy of steel and if the steel is turning colors, you are ruining the temper of the steel.
Look into a wolverine jig and the vari angle jig or make your own. They work really well and once set up, provide consistent results.
As for tools, if you have the budget, you can’t go wrong sorby, crown or an equivalent level tool. If you have a more modest budget, I see PSIs Benjamin’s best tools always get great reviews. Better steel stays sharper longer and thus requires less sharpenings.

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