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Posted on Need some help with chisels/sharpening

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#1 posted 12-21-2008 04:11 PM

Metalurgically speaking, the finer the grain of steel, the sharper the edge. High carbon steels produce the finest edges. Your hardware store chisels ( I have them too ) probably will never develop the kind of “shave the hair on the back of your hand” edge.

That being said, after I attended a sharpening class at Highland Woodworking in Atlanta, I invested in a set of water stones that go up to 8000 grit. Using a Veritas MKII honing guide, I can sharpen my hand plane irons so that they easily slice loosely held sheets of paper.

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