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#1 posted 04-20-2007 07:48 AM

I’ve found the easiest for me by far is the scary sharp system. This system uses varying grits of sandpaper on a flat surface(can be tile, plexiglass, etc). I use spray adhesive to attach which makes the changeout easy when the sandpaper wears out. I start with 150, 300, 400 and end with 600 grit. Now it is not always necessary to go through all of them everytime. There’s no danger of sparks from a grinder and the learning curve is short. My paper is mounted on a cheeze slicer with the slicer removed. I’ve tried regular, emery and wet/dry sandpaper and find that the regular works best for quick removal of metal and the emery is best to polish up. The wet/dry is o.k. If you have not tried it, do so, you’ll be glad you did. This system made it very easy when flattening the soles of my planes, too.

I was using a grinder and had three different stone grits to sharpen with, but haven’t used them since I tried the scary sharp way.

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