Book Report — Rust: The Longest War

Rust: The Longest War, by Jonathan Waldman (ISBN: 978-1451691597)

It has been called “the great destroyer” and “the evil.” The Pentagon refers to it as “the pervasive menace.” It destroys cars, fells bridges, sinks ships, sparks house fires, and nearly brought down the Statue of Liberty. Rust costs America more than $400 billion per year—more than all other natural disasters combined. – from Rust: The Longest War by Jonathan Waldman

Rust is an insidious nemesis here at Hock Tools — we’re in constant high alert, dousing all our blades liberally with rust-inhibiting oil.  I wrote about rust, it’s chemistry, impact and avoidance in The Perfect Edge. Needless to say, Mr. Waldman’s book was of particular interest to me and it didn’t let me down. Waldman is an environmental journalist who chose to write his first book about a subject most people pay little attention to on a day to day basis. Unless you’re a tool-user.

While Waldman spends little ink on how to prevent rust in a woodshop (okay, none, really – sorry) he dives into the huge world of corrosion with in-depth chapters on the Statue of Liberty, the history of stainless steel, what it takes to protect the inside of beverage and food cans, an eye-opening chapter on inspecting the Alaska pipeline and much more.  Waldman doesn’t limit his discussion to iron rust, but touches on many aspects of what the corrosion of all our metals means to us. And costs us.

It has been said that for every pound of iron or steel produced each year, a quarter pound of previously produced iron or steel is lost to rust. Negligence is not an option.

I found this to be a well researched book, entertainingly written, highly recommended. Please ask for Rust: the Longest War at your local bookstore before resorting to that satanic website bent on world domination that shall remain unnamed. Thanks.

Whoa! This Looks Different!

The New

Anything look different to you? I sure hope so!

If you haven’t been to this site before, there is a rather dramatic change in the “look” of The Sharpening Blog. The Hock Tools website has also been updated with this same graphic feel – our new look – it’s a project I’ve been wanting to complete for some time.

I hope you find the website and blog attractive and easy to navigate, whether you are viewing them on a desk or laptop, tablet or cell. The plan has been to get “mobilized” (read “mobile device responsive”). And now, it is easier than ever to check us out wherever you go.

We haven’t changed anything else, though. Both sites provide the same help and info about planes, steel, sharpening and, of course, Hock Tools products. And, for anyone at the beginning of the update-your-website journey — and like the changes you see here – I searched about for software to help me with the site build. Even last year, my copy of Dreamweaver was way too old. Although I could have benefited from one of the full-featured WYSIWYG HTML editors, I just didn’t (and still don’t) have that kind of time! I wanted a leg up with a ready-to-use template and the convenience these new packages provide. So, after trying several versions I decided to use Artisteer, and I’m quite happy with it. It gave me the boost I needed to get started, and filled my needs for customization along the way. One drawback is that the trial version does not let you save anything. However, after testing it I made the leap. What you see at Hock Tools is the results of that.

Please take a minute to click around on the new site. Feel free to let me know if you find anything amiss, that doesn’t make sense, or whatever. Just use our contact page to let me know. Thanks – I appreciate your time!