Ad Campaign

Came across this ad campaign recently – thought it was rather cool in how it highlighted the noise of power tools

Scary Sharp is a myth

I’m sure you’ve heard it before, and particularly associated with the method of sharpening chisels with increasing sandpaper grades: “So sharp, it is scary”

But can something be too sharp (which is almost the implication here)?  Should something sharp be regarded as scary, or rather more safe?

A blunt tool can still cut (you) easily.  What is too blunt to carve timber is still plenty sharp enough to do significant damage to your person.  It is a mistake to think a blunt tool is safer than a sharp one, and in fact the opposite is true.  Where a blunt tool takes effort to make it work, to the point that you find yourself using excessive force, and that risks slips, mistakes, and coming into contact with the working edge of the tool.

A sharp tool on the other hand cuts with ease, cuts with surprisingly little effort, produces a better result and is a pleasure to use to boot.

This is equally true for a chisel, a circular saw blade, a bandsaw blade, a drill bit, a kitchen knife etc.

Sharpness as a safety feature!

Taking that process on a step, and think about tools that require you to either feed material over a surface to make contact with the cutting edge (eg tablesaw, router table, jointer, thicknesser, tool fence etc) or have a working surface that runs over the material.  The simple step of lubricating that surface means less force is required, and therefore less chance of a slip and accident.

Lubrication as a safety feature!

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