Tool Test: Cutting-edge Grinding From Sorby

By Robert W. Lang
Page: 30

From the October 2009 issue #178
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Traditional sharpening of cutting tools involves grinding, getting the tool shaped properly and honing, then refining that shaped edge. There is no shortage of devices for either task, but if you struggle with grinding, the Sorby ProEdge System might be what you’ve been looking for.

Many woodworkers have trouble using a bench grinder, and Sorby’s machine has features that make grinding easier while reducing the risks of damaging tools. The obvious difference is the use of a sanding belt instead of a wheel. The 11 5/16″-wide belt (we wish it were more than 2″) allows you to shape a wide chisel or plane iron without sliding it back and forth across a narrow surface. It also speeds the initial flattening of the backsides of chisels and irons.


From the October 2009 issue #178
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