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David Kirtley

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#1 posted 05-21-2010 08:28 PM

I mix the way I sharpen:

If I am going to do a total rehab on a chisel or plane iron, I get out the sandpaper. It starts a lot coarser and gets me where I want to go more quickly. Lots of room for big strokes.

If I am reshaping an blade, I get out the diamond stones. A cheap 4 sided one with 200, 400, 600, 800 grit. Quick, easy, and pretty consistent.

If I am just refreshing an edge, I pull out a water stone and just hit a strop a few times when I am taking a break.

They all work. It is more a matter of choice. You just need something harder than the steel and mechanical action. If you had the time, you could get anything just as sharp with some rouge and a strop.

Freehand is ok but you waste a lot of time grinding away metal that is not part of the edge you want to make. Practice a lot and you can get pretty consistent but I would rather spend my limited time cutting stuff instead of sharpening stuff. I recently picked up one of the 8” wet grinders to speed up the process but I have not used it enough to really have a solid opinion of it yet. Not a big fan of hollow grind blades but I also am not a big fan of sharpening for hours either.

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