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Posted on How do you hone in between sharpening sessions?

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#1 posted 11-15-2012 04:55 AM


My rudimentary understanding is that A2 is tougher to sharpen but the edge lasts longer. O1 is faster to sharpen but wears more quickly. Since I had a choice between A2 and O1 for some of my tools, I went with A2 for plane irons (because I’d prefer the edge to last longer). Works for me. If there is something inherently incorrect about that decision or metallurgy knowledge that would help to make a better decision, I hope you’ll take the time to share it.

Perhaps my sharpening technique can be simplified – that’s why I asked the original question and why I pondered getting rid of the microbevel (though that would actually increase sharpening time). You seem to be intimating there are sharpening techniques out there that would result in edges not requiring touch up. I’d love to hear about them.

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