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Posted on Paul Sellers push for a return to traditional woodworking skills

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#1 posted 08-12-2012 01:15 AM

Jon writes, ”... His sharpening methods appear to me to be throw back to traditional methods before the micro bevel approach. ...”

A throw back to when, before woodworking was being documented in the printed word? A ground bevel and a secondary honed bevel are what Joseph Moxon alluded to in 1680, what Peter Nicholson described in his 1832 book or what Stanley instructed on it’s plane iron packages as late as the 1970s. As far as I can tell, sharpening was explained this way until the arrival of all the Japanese stones and other gimmicks. It’s really simple, dependable and includes the control mechanism of the wire edge. Sellers says he likes diamond stones because they stay flat, which is important in traditional sharpening, but he doesn’t explain why flat matters in his method. I can’t see that it does. I don’t think he understands the process.

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