The Perfect Edge is… Essential!

This just in from Megan Fitzpatrick at the Popular Woodworking Editor’s Blog:

Furniture & Cabinetmaking magazine has in its winter 2012 issue honored Ron Hock’s “The Perfect Edge” (Popular Woodworking) and Christopher Schwarz’s “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” (Lost Art Press), as well as Robert Wearing’s “The Essential Woodworker” (Lost Art Press), for which Chris is the editor and publisher.

Also on the list of 12 titles are such luminaries as James Krenov and Charles Hayward; Ron and Chris are in excellent company.”

My thanks to the editors at Furniture & Cabinetmaking and Popular Woodworking Magazine. And thanks, Megan, for the shout out.

Author: Ron Hock

Owner of HOCK TOOLS (.com) and author of "The Perfect Edge, the Ultimate Guide to Sharpening for Woodworkers"

4 thoughts on “The Perfect Edge is… Essential!”

  1. I have to ask you. I am on the verge of purchasing The Perfect Edge. I have the book by Leonard Lee that I’ve learned from. Do you think it will help me? Or am I overloading myself? If you want to be self serving I can understand that too!! If your book teaches me something that another doesn’t is what I’m wondering, and if it helps you sell a book then that’s fine with me. But I also would like your honest opinion.

    1. I think Mr. Lee’s book is excellent but it is overdue for an update which he declined to do (for which I am so grateful.) Basic how-to sharpening instruction for any of the specific woodworking tools is always much the same. There are only so many ways to skin a cat but I do attempt to bring new abrasives, machines and gadgets to the how-to chapters. The primary thing I bring to this party is a lengthy chapter on the metallurgy of tool steel and my effort to make clear why that all matters to woodworkers. There is almost always a piece of steel between the worker and the wood so I think it is worth knowing a bit about steel. I’ve had several readers tell me they wish they’d had my book while they were taking metallurgy classes in college.

      I also attempt to demystify the abrasives used in sharpening. If you don’t understand why silicon carbide performs differently from aluminum oxide (or diamond, etc.) you will after reading that chapter.

      I have posted a couple of excerpts from the book in previous blog entries (the Rust section starts here: so you can test drive my writing style.

  2. After 10 years of experimenting with different systems and spending countless euro’s, Ron’s book The Perfect Edge came to me,then the light came on. Somehow all other books and info tips don’t quite solve the problem. If after reading the book and you do not order one or two of Ron’s replacement blades, then go back and read it again. You will also stop buying equipment that doesn’t quite do what it should do. Thank you Ron for giving me the most satisfying planing experience possible.

    Steve- Finland.

  3. Thank you Ron, not only do I think that I will try your book, but I checked out your web page last night and I think that I will ask santa aka my wife, for the block plane kit. I’ve seen them before but never really checked it out on your site. I’ve posted a link to your site on my blog if you don’t mind. Thanks

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