Sharpening

Demo’ed the Triton Sharpener again at the club meeting today, then finished off the job when I got home. Was correcting my largest chisel which has always suffered abuse, first at the receiving end of a grind on the old high-speed grinder, then again as I was working out the whole wet wheel system.  Finally had a chance to actually do a decent job on it, but there was obviously a lot of metal that needed removing.  Got there in the end though – sitting on the shed’s armchair seemed a rather decadent way of sharpening, but it sure beats standing there, or sitting on a hard wooden stool!

The chisel still needs to meet the Japanese waterstones again, but it is at least back to a basic definition of sharp.  I also had a quick go at sharpening a kitchen knife on a borrowed jig, and although it is going to take some working out to get the tchnique right, I now have a live blade again, rather than the badly chipped edge that there was previously.  It is a good quality (>$100) knife, but hasn’t been properly sharpened since I bought it in ’99.  (I’m distinguishing here between sharpened, and properly sharpened).  I didn’t mean the impromptu sharpness test, but just touched the end of the finger, and found it shorter.  Not enough to draw blood, but certainly sharp!  I also tried it out on some end grain, and was getting a very smooth finish.

I’m going to do another video in the very near future on sharpening again – the last 2 didn’t really cover what I wanted to highlight, and neither showed actually dressing the wheel, which will definitely feature on the new video.  I’m hoping to be able to show a wider range of jigs and sharpening situations too, to give a better feeling of the capabilities of this technique.

I kow some people absolutely swear by some other brands, and are willing to spend 5 – 6 x as much on it, but for the average workshop, I am finding this one to more than satisfactory for my sharpening needs.  If I need a tool to be any sharper, then there are always the Japanese waterstones to establish the final mirror finishes, and the hollow bevel grind from the wheel makes that even easier.  All will be revealed (again) in the video shortly.

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