|Forum topic by MJCD||posted 10-07-2012 02:51 AM||3269 views||2 times favorited||31 replies|
10-07-2012 02:51 AM
This is a quick comment – not a review – concerning the “Scary Sharp” (SS) sharpening approach. I put this in quotes, as I’ve seen many variations upon a theme for precisely what is the SS system. This will be old news for the experienced members, and this may differ from what you do.
Essentially, the SS approach is a fairly low-tech, low cost approach to sharpening steel chisels and planes. The system includes 1) a perfectly flat stone or piece of glass, approximately 1 foot by 6”, or so; 2) sand paper of progressively fine to super fine grits – up to 2,000, or so; 3) a chisel honing guide (purchased from a company such as Veritas, or other); and, 4) a super fine grit stone – up to 10,000 (this can be anyone of several wetstones, DMT (Diamond), or other type). Again, I’ll ask more experienced members for any necessary corrections. All-in cost is about $100, with the honing guide being the primary expense – I went to a local granite counter top company, and they allowed me to rummage through their waste granite pile.
This approach specifically excludes high-cost Tormeks, and other similar motorized approaches. I owned a Tormex, and loved it right up to the time I sold it.
The sandpaper is wet-tensioned or spray-glued to the flat stone or glass; then a precisely-guided chisel is lightly drawn across the progressive grits – the honing guide is essential to the process; though, I imagine many members have the experience to do this manually.
My current project is quickly dulling my chisels, and I’ve used the above approach to quickly regain a razor-smooth, mirror finish on the chisels.
If you’re in the market for an inexpensive sharpen system, check this out.
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