Sharpening Victory?

I’m one of those people that when I get stuck on something I just can’t move on. It bothers me that I can’t figure something out. So this weekend I will admit that I was more than ecstatic to finally get an end grain shaving like the one above. I’ve spent the better part of the last 30 days reading, studying, trying new things, and experimenting with my hand tool sharpening system. This was all stemmed from me trying to use my low angle jack plane on a small homemade shooting board. The plane jumped, it skipped, and it just didn’t work. So I spent a long time rethinking my sharpening system and ended up with a system that looks a bit like this…

  • For the back of blades that need flattening use the scary sharp system of sand paper to get the back of the blade flat
  • For bevels…
    • Establish a primary bevel at 25 degrees (my tools are already all at this level)
    • Establish a secondary bevel at ~27 degrees using…
      • A 1k diamond stone
      • A medium Spyderco stone
      • A ultrafine Spyderco stone
      • A 12k water stone

I’ve found that this method gets me as sharp as I need to be. Now is this my final setup? Nope – I still have a long way to go. I want to look into a grinding setup for re-establishing my primary bevels and more importantly look into a means to “touch up” the blades during use. The obvious choice here seems to be the strop but I just plain suck at doing that. I always roll the edge and the tool just gets dull. That said – I still have a long way to go – but Im happy with the progress I’ve made so far!

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