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Peter Oxley

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#1 posted 11-08-2007 05:31 PM

I know what you mean, I have a heck of a time getting a sharp edge on anything. My dad can put a razor edge on an axe using a dry waterstone. The only time I have a razor edge on anything is when I put a new blade in my razor!

I use the scary sharp system on a piece of granite with a cheap honing guide, and I actually get pretty good results (compared to my other sharpening failures). I’m always tempted to move on to finer grit before dings and nicks are quite taken care of with the first grit. “It’s close, I’ll finish it with the next grit or two.” Wrong! If you don’t get past a ding with the coarse paper, you’re never going to “finish it up” with the finer grit paper. Also, sharpening one side creates a burr on the other side that needs to be lapped.

I think sharpening is another area of woodworking that is more art than science. Practice, practice, practice!

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