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Sharpen This, Part 6: The Bevel & the Devil

“Der Narzissmus der kleinen Differenzen (The narcissism of small differences).” — Sigmund Freud, 1917 The topic of sharpening is plagued by Freud’s “narcissism of small differences,” and the best example of this is all the noise about the shape and … Continue reading

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Sharpen This, Part 5: The Myth of Super Sharpness

Read the other installments in the “Sharpen This” series via this link. Let’s pretend I want to break one of your fingers. The job would be easy if you held up your fingers in the air with them spread apart. … Continue reading

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Sharpen This, Part 4: Very Small Rocks

Read the other installments in the “Sharpen This” series via this link. I roll my eyes when people talk about the superiority of their chosen sharpening media, whether it’s waterstones, oilstones, diamonds or cinderblocks. To my ears, it’s like you’re … Continue reading

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Sharpen This, Part 3: What the &^%$ is Sharp?

Read the other installments in the “Sharpen This” series via this link. People say that “sharp” is like pornography – you know it when you see it. The problem with that statement is that you cannot see sharpness. When a … Continue reading

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Sharpen This, Part 2: Hear No Evil

Read the other installments in the “Sharpen This” series via this link. When you learn to sharpen, I think it’s essential to do something that is normally a bad idea: Close your mind. Let’s say you are 5 years old … Continue reading

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Sharpen This, Part 1

Read the other installments in the “Sharpen This” series via this link. After years of working with professional and amateur woodworkers all over the world I have concluded that people who are hostile to handwork tend to badmouth it for … Continue reading

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