The Complete Guide To Sharpening by Leonard Lee, Taunton Press 1995 ($22.95 US/$32.95 CN)

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Review by Sir_Robert posted 02-28-2008 09:04 PM 5768 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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About the Book
While Leonard Lee’s book on sharpening is nearly 14 years in print, it still ranks well above other texts on the topic. Mr. Lee’s strong attention to the science behind his sharpening methods leaves readers feeling confident about using what they’ve learned. This book will teach you just about everything—no, on second thought, make that EVERYTHING—about sharpening woodworking tools, kitchen knives, craft tools and anything else that has an edge.

About the Author
Leonard Lee is the retired President of Veritas Tools and Lee Valley Tools. He is a world-renowned expert on woodworking and toolmaking. The author’s entertaining writing style along with copious illustrations and photographs, make his book a must-have for woodworkers and craftsmen.

-- Sir Robert

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#1 posted 02-29-2008 12:44 AM

Thanks for the information Bob.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#2 posted 02-29-2008 02:30 AM

This is a great book and has everything you need to know about sharpening everything from axes to camping knives! Well worth the money.

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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#3 posted 02-29-2008 03:40 AM

I got this book for Christmas. Totally agree – this book is the the one to read about sharpening. If you have hand planes – and you actually want to use them – then you need to know how to get them as sharp as possible. After reading this book you will be able to – and planing is then a real joy.

Thanks for the review

-- Rick - OC, CA

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#4 posted 06-01-2008 08:04 PM

This is a must-have book if you are serious about woodworking.

If you don’t learn how to sharpen your tools you’ll never
be able to do good work quickly.

My woodworking is all based on sharpening skills. It took
me awhile to learn to sharpen plane irons. It’s best to
have somebody show you how to do it.

Understanding the metallurgy of cutting tools and how “chips”
are cut will actually improve your woodworking. You’ll find
yourself using hand planes with more sensitivity because you
understand what is happening in the cut.

If you want to know how to get better results on troublesome
grain like Birds-eye maple you’ll want to track down Brian
Burns’ “Double Bevel Sharpening” as well.

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#5 posted 08-21-2008 04:35 PM

Definitely a good book. I agree with the reviewer and previous posters here. I picked up this book a couple of weeks ago and find it to be very useful. Everything you want to know at face value. He discusses just about anything you could want to sharpen. Very thorough. He plugs his tools in it, but also mentions the conflict of interest there too. Hey, if you think your tools are the best and it is your book, by all means. He does so in a manner that is not offensive and very honest IMO.

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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#6 posted 05-25-2013 05:34 PM

I recently, in the past year (2012) bought this book in paperback, only to find that I already had a hardback copy in my gifted collection of WW stuff from a friend’s deceased father! Great book! And now I have TWO!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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