Noting the good reviews on Amazon, I got a copy from the library, then decided it was a good ref book for my woodworking library, so I got it from Amazon.
The author, Ron Hock, is a well-regarded blade maker, founder of Hock Tools. He knows a lot about the kinds of steel available for making blades, and talks about how to sharpen blades of many types.
Everything you could want to know about blades and sharpening them from a guy who knows first hand
Excellent reference for the intermediate or advanced sharpening fan chasing the ever-elusive “perfect edge”
Overwhelming for a beginning who is just looking for a simple way to get started
This is a book that I am reading some as I learn to sharpen, but suspect it will serve be better when I get better at sharpening. It’s a book I will have to grow into, as it is very advanced for where I am now.
The teacher of the sharpening class I took recently immediately recognized the author’s name as a famous blade maker and exclaimed “He’s the MAN!”. I don’t think he had seen the book before, because he spent some time looking at it during the class.
-- Mark, hack amateur woodworker, Medford (greater Boston) MA