Paul Seller's Method of Sharpening

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Forum topic by BubbaIBA posted 06-29-2012 06:53 PM 1619 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-29-2012 06:53 PM

Today I came across a thread on one of the other Forums or Blogs about Paul Sellers and a couple of the posts were about his method of sharpening.

I’ve been using his method for awhile using both diamond and oil stones and all I can say is it works, it’s fast, and it is easy.

When I first read about using a convex bevel and even after watching Mr.Sellers demo his method I was skeptical but intrigued enough to try it on one of my all purpose (read glue scrapper, can opener, etc) chisels. It surprised me as to how sharp is was and how strong the edge was. I haven’t quite changed all my irons to convex bevels yet but as each iron needs touching up it is converted so it will not be long…..I wish someone had demonstrated his method years ago, sure would have saved me lots of money and lots of time sweating over stones.

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#1 posted 07-18-2012 07:34 PM

I think there are many ways of doing the same thing. If it works it and you like it, stick with it. I think people make too much out of sharpening.
Maybe I am just lucky. Of course I’don’t sharpen the jointer and planer blades. Just the basic knives, chisels and planes blades,

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#2 posted 07-18-2012 08:13 PM

I like Paul Sellers method of sharpening also.
I like the fact that he teaches what works,not what is ‘in”.
I am a big fan of his.
He shows that very good craftsmanship does not require expensive tools.
I come from France, when I was young I saw many people doing excellent work with less then excellent tools.( even more so, when I was living in North and West Africa where people do amazing work with practically nothing).
Of course if you can afford them good tools are nice but they are not required to do a very good work and they never replace a good craftsman.

-- Bert

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