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Posted on How sharp is sharp enough?

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#1 posted 02-15-2013 05:02 PM

It’s sharp enough if it does the job.

What I mean is, if you want to hog out a lot of wood, like with a jack plane or scrub plane, on straight grained wood, you can get buy with a moderately sharp blade.

If you want to joint an edge on a soft wood, a well sharpened blade is needed.

If you want to get a silky smooth surface with a #4 on figured grain, you need a crazy level of sharpness.

And if you want to win a Japanese planing competition making toilet paper out of a piece of soft wood- you need to spend a lifetime in a dojo learning the mysterious art of sharpening.

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