Quick Poll

OK, so we all need sharp tools to do our best work.  But, there are many ways to get to that goal.  What’s your preferred method to sharpen your blades?

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7 thoughts on “Quick Poll”

  1. I used to do this on the sidewalk, but the tearout on end grain was terrible… And I did have to use very large mallets to drive home the chisels!

    I finally got familiar with Scary Sharp, and was able to start using hand planes a bit. But not until the last few years.

  2. Send them to a wonderful friend who will get them nice and shiny and sharp, and then I will use scary sharp to keep them that way. In a pinch, I’ll use my brother’s new Work Sharp.


  3. It’s a process…Grinder (if needed)-325 grit diamond – then 800,1000,6000 waterstones,then leather strop.Used to stay at one grit until I thought it was time to move onto next stone. Now 20-25 strokes then move on. Getting too old to spend that much time on ’em! Keep having fun…………

  4. I think the most appropriate answer is all of the above. I use my Tormek for my turning tools because I can repeat angles nicely. I use water stones for my chisels and final 8000 grit on anything. I use oil slip stones and ceramic stones for my carving chisels and knifes and a leather strop. What can I say, I can’t decide on a style of woodworking to specialize in.

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