The best sharpening advice I ever heard was from Tony Konovalov: Grind, hone and get back to work.
Or, to put it another way: Which is more fun? Making your tools sharp or making your tools dull?
When it comes to sharpening tools, I am not meditative. I am not slow. I am not interested in opening my spleen chakra. I just want to get back to my workbench with an edge that will strike fear into the nucleus of every wood fiber in my shop.
So why, for the love of corn, would I clutter up the world with another DVD on sharpening tools?
Because I think I can make it easier for you if you will just tune out all the marketing noise and focus on what a sharp edge is and what it takes to transform any edge into a glittering scythe for murdering cellulose. So this DVD is a little different. Why?
• I don’t care what grinder you have.
• I don’t care what you hone your edges with.
• I don’t care if you use jigs or not.
What I do care about is that you understand how sharpening works at a gut level. That you have the information you need to pick a sharpening system that suits you. And that you know how to tell sharp from dull.
We finished filming this DVD today, and our video editor is already hard at work piecing together the chapters. When we have a release date, I’ll let you know.
— Christopher Schwarz
• Need a sharpening book? I recommend Ron Hock’s “The Perfect Edge.” While editing this book I learned a lot, and I’m an involuntary sharpening nerd. It’s good stuff. Promise.
Photos above by Ajax Alexandre