Having written a book on sharpening for woodworkers (The Perfect Edge, the Ultimate Guide to Sharpening for Woodworkers) I feel it is now within my abilities to write an occasional bit about sharpening that may not have made it into the book either because it is just now coming to my attention (new products or techniques) or simply because I couldn’t fit everything into the book (try as I may have).
Along with how-to chapters on sharpening your various tools, The Perfect Edge includes a chapter about abrasives, what they are and which is best suited for what, as well as a lengthy chapter about steel: history, alloys, heat treating and even rust. A better understanding of the bit of steel that is usually between the worker and the wood can’t help but make that interface more efficient, responsive, adaptive — okay, better. The Perfect Edge is due to be available in December with a price of $30.00. I’ll be happy to sign one for you; give a call to pre-order: HOCK TOOLS (888) 282-5233 (we sell blades and such for planes and more, and shellac, too.)