My friend and fellow t00l-maker Rob Hanson of Evenfall Studios has developed what may be the ultimate Scary Sharp workstation: the Magstrop Four. He’s designed a 15″ x 15″ bench hook with four abrasive platens that are held down by magnets and kept from sliding around with dowels. The changing of grits or from paper to leather, etc., is quick and easy. And there’s no water or oil to mess up your bench.
Rob’s sales pitch for this system (and the simple one-platen Magstrop One) is that, by using abrasive films or paper, you eliminate many of the obstacles that we all encounter when an edge is dull. Many of our sharpening systems are cumbersome or messy. Many of us don’t have room for a dedicated sharpening station. We need a system that’s clean, simple to store and that sets up ready-to-use easily for a quick honing touch up.
“There are two major ways you can approach sharpening.
Old School, where you run the edges into severe dullness and do a major reworking of them to restore them. (a common practice because people dislike sharpening, and it takes a while.)
New School, which is to sharpen rather continually as you work with fine abrasives so the edges rarely fail and keep cutting nicely.
It might surprise you, that even though the new school method is performed more frequently, it takes less time and effort. It can be done dry and quickly, getting you back to work and in the flow of things.” — Rob Hanson, Evenfall Studios