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#1 posted 09-07-2007 01:25 AM

Wayne, Darn good question, I wish I had a darn good answer but I am a Neanderthal amateur too. One thing I did read somewhere was that they recommended a cheap first set, one that you could practice your sharpening ability on. I gather that sharpening is as critical a skill as knowing how to actually use the tools. So, I have a cheap set of Craftsman bench chisels that I have had for years that I used for everything except that which they were intended to be used for.

I worried my self silly about how to best sharpen them as well as plain blades. I finally settled on using the scary sharp method and I am very happy with the results. I have a 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, and 1 inch chisel and all will shave hair from my forearm. This system is relatively cheap and easy to learn, much cheaper than buying stones or a dedicated sharpening system.

-- Dan in Central Oklahoma, Able to turn good wood into saw dust in the blink of an eye!

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