|Forum topic by Brett||posted 01-11-2013 10:23 PM||569 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
01-11-2013 10:23 PM
I sharpen my chisels and plane irons free-hand on oilstones.
When I was learning to sharpen, I used long, sweeping motions over the whole length of the stones. Now, I tend to move the tool being sharpened rapidly back and forth over a small part of the stone, but allow the contact area to drift slowly over the stone to avoid dishing the stone in one spot.
Any thoughts on which technique might be better and why? Is there a better technique (e.g., side sharpening)?
-- More tools, fewer machines.