What is your favorite iron and sharpening method AND why?
After we had a few talks on Berthas ‘what is your favorite hand plane’ blog I decided we needed to go to next step.
So please let us hear your thoughts show us pictures videos why you like your blade or sharpening method and proofs if they exist why it should be better than other.
I am lazy by nature, and handicapped by life, so for me to stand and move the blade forward and backward on a stone or paper is a painful process, so I had to settle with a Tormek style wathergrinder and the leather wheel with past on it, also I like to use a leather strap as I work, especially on my 01 steel since this takes a easy razor edge that way, where my A2 steel seems to want more effort to become sharp again.
(I am fully aware this is not the best way to razor sharp).
Her you can see the standard I use for chisels, bedanes, plane irons and knifes, a grinded primary bevel on the water wheel that I leave grinded, a second 5 degree extra bevel that I also hone, and of course a clean and straight iron – for the back I flatten but far from hysterical, and I put most weight on the front of the blade when I hone it so I achieve a really sharp edge.
If I was a field worker I think I would choose A2, if working in a shop 01.
In general I have come to the conclusion that 01 is the best for a chisel or plane iron I want to be able to sharpen and stay super sharp, I will choose 01 where I really want to cut the wood, also I read that it holds a better edge for the lower angles than A2.
Where A2 gives me a stronger edge with high angles, so if I look for a workhorse or a chisel that can stay alive longer, it will be A2, but it’s ‘sudden death’ tend to annoy me, so I do prefer 01 steel.
I have made knifes for quite some years, and here it is the same story and conclusion, that if you are willing to hone, not sharpen once in a while the softer steals provides you with a razor edge in almost no effort, where the harder steel are giving you a really nice edge for a while and then the party is over until you go home and sharpen it again.
This is wonderful clear reading about the pitch.
Please let me here your thoughts.
-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.