One of my goals in this job has been to help produce a saw sharpening video that makes sense of all the dogma about this simple task.
Should you set the teeth before or after you file them?
Should you sharpen fleam from one side of the saw? Or turn the saw around to do half the teeth?
Should you use sloped gullets? When? Why? What are sloped gullets?
Should you set every tooth?
Should you file the teeth once or twice?
And on and on.
Today we shot a video on this topic with Ron Herman, the housewright for Antiquity Builders of Ohio in Columbus, Ohio. I do not know anyone else who has used more saws than Ron, or has sharpened more saws than Ron. He was trained traditionally. He works traditionally. But he has tried other methods and understands the process at a level that few of us will ever reach.
I sharpen my own saws, and I have for years. Yet, I learned a ton of stuff today from Ron, who approaches the task with a subtlety that is unsurpassed by anyone I know.
This video should be ready this Spring. We’ll keep you updated on when it will become available, the price and all the other details. But I can tell you this: It will be good. Real good.
— Christopher Schwarz
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