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#1 posted 01-14-2011 12:18 AM

Hey Pete, these are all excellent answers. I love how sharpening is like…nostrils, everyone having them and all. A single grit stone, unfortunately, isn’t going to get you where you want to go. The scary sharp system isn’t scary at all & for less than $20, it’s largely replaced my $800 wet-grinder with all its fandangled attachements (lathe tools excepted). Grab yourself a length of marble windowsill from your favorite box store, some spray adhesive, & some sandpaper. You’ll have a razor sharp chisel after a little googling & sweat equity. In my experience, failing to polish the back of the chisel flat is the most persistent error. Good luck!

And to Matt, I buy cheap Marples chiisels from the big box stores & lop an inch off their cheap plastic handles. It’s no vintage Butcher mortise or ink pattern Japan, but it’ll serve you well until you decide what you like in a chisel & upgrade. For $20.00 for several, that’s my $0.02.

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