We all need sharp tools. Sharpening is an odd subject because if you can’t do it, it seems mysterious. And if you can do it, some become so loyal to their method that they would fight to the death to defend it. Often trying no other method
As you may know I have my own strong opinions on sharpening but I have to stay open minded. I recently dug out a little Eclipse guide for Helen and made her a jig so she can align the blade exactly every time. I’ve never sharpened like this but I think it makes an awful lot of sense for the beginner. Straight away Helen was able to achieve results that were on par with mine (if not better), this demonstrates the wonderful thing about having little testosterone and therefore being comfortable in accepting assistance.
Along with helping Helen learn the ropes I’ve been doing a bit of experimenting of my own. I got my hand on a water stone a few months back and recently decided that I would trial some of the more popular techniques for sharpening, and who know’s I might even learn something new.
For the coming weeks I’ll be on a water stone with a sharpening guide, something which I’ve never done in my life. I’m spending what feels like an eternity at the stone compared with my usual spit and flick, but can already appreciate the longer lasting edge that results. I am feeling strangly excited about this change.
Why am I doing this? I haven’t got a clue!
Read more of my hypocritical thoughts on sharpening.