There have been several times in my woodworking hobby where something has been introduced to me that at first seemed WRONG or counter-intuitive. Probably the first, was over 20 years ago when I was told I should not grip a saw handle so tightly. What? No death grip is needed? Hold it like you are holding an injured sparrow? Of course now I know that to be the truth …. but at the time I thought it was crazy talk.
Today I read Ron Hock’s blog and he suggests jointing the sharpened edge of your plane blade (or probably chisel blade too) AFTER you have sharpened it. What? risk that sharp point I worked so hard to get by dragging it bluntly across a stone?
After pondering it a while, and seeing the electron microscope photos, I have to say it does make sense …. I just haven’t brought myself to try it first.
-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com