On a good day, I might be about 50% of what Garret was doing for sharp, on my stones no less!
Originally Posted by Rob Keeble
It all comes down to technique, a physical skill, Garret has it from years and years of practice, I'm trying to get that way. I practice my sharpening every chance I get, it is all about muscle memory, body position and the feel you have for sharpening, I'm slowly but surely improving..... I think
I'll tell you what I saw sharp as being, take a piece of softwood, pine is what I had on hand, now sharpen your tool, chisel, plane blade etc. On the endgrain of the piece of wood, slice down, do a paring cut, to cut the end grain, then grab your reading glasses or even your loupe, and look at the endgrain. If you tool is really sharp, the endgrain will be smooth and shiny, no crushing of the endgrain. I saw Garrett do this with a LN chisel that he had, the endgrain was glassy smooth, the chisel was sharp. With my best effort I still have a lot of crushed endgrain, but I will improve, it just takes time to learn this manual skill is all.
I hope that explains it a bit more
PS this is MY opinion.
Last edited by Stuart Ablett; 04-06-2010 at 02:22 AM.
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