|Forum topic by Planeman||posted 07-31-2010 01:34 AM||1928 views||5 times favorited||15 replies|
07-31-2010 01:34 AM
Forget the Japanese waterstones, the Arkansas whetstones, razor strops, the esoteric and arcane instructions, and hours of tedious work.
Its simple and quick with only three inexpensive sharpening items:
1. Diamond laps like those available at Rockler and other places (http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=10440&filter=diamond%20lap)
2. A hard cotton felt polishing wheel (http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200413616_200413616?cm_ven=Aggregates&cm_cat=Pricegrabber2&cm_pla=Category&cm_ite=156112)
3. Some jeweler’s Rouge polishing compound (http://www.pjtool.com/4pcjewelersrougeandpolishingcompoundkit.aspx)
Use the diamond laps to sharpen, then use jeweler’s rouge/polishing compound on a cotton felt polishing wheel to polish the edge (I use the faster cutting black compound). Be very careful to make sure the wheel is rotating AWAY from the edge. If you forget, you’ll only do it once.
This is QUICK and I can put a beautiful polished razor edge on a carving tool in no time flat or touch up an edge quickly.
-- Always remember half of the people in this country are below average.