In Chris Schwarz Blog, Required Reading

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Toolmaker Ron Hock has a new book coming out soon and a new blog , both deal with sharpening. I had the privilege of reading the draft of the book, “The Perfect Edge” (Popular Woodworking Books), earlier this year. I think Ron has broken some new ground, especially on the topic of abrasives.

Until the book comes out, I recommend you check out his new blog, called “The Sharpening Blog.” He’s got two posts up now, with more to come. His latest post is the biggest list of sharpening links on the Internet that I have ever seen. Heck, there is stuff there that I haven’t seen.

Ron wisely also looked to the sites run by knife makers in his list. If you think woodworkers are nutty about sharpening, get strapped in for a whole new nut.

After scanning the list of links, I concluded that if you read every one of those pages you would end up more confused than anything. And that’s why I think Ron’s book will be handy for you. It’s not preachy (Ron is probably the nicest guy in woodworking). But it is well-written and quite engaging.

And if you want to learn more about the book, check out this interview with Ron on our site.

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  • Thomas Giacchina

    He didn’t list Blum Tools in his list. Just watched a video and it is really interesting. You move the stone and not the blade. You have any experience with this??

  • Tom Iovino

    Ron is Steven Hawking kind of smart when it comes to blades and sharpening. I’m looking forward to reading the book when it comes out… should be a masterpiece…

  • Richard Dawson

    Ah, another book to buy. It’s a good thing you are very selective when making recommendations; everything you have suggested has been first class. I’m sure Ron’s offering will meet the same high standard.


  • Dyami

    looks like a Veritas Mk.II Power Sharpener in the lower right hand photo of the cover. I just bought one, so hopefully it’s in the book. Can’t wait for it to come out.



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