A User’s Guide to Waterstones
There's no faster or more economical way to achieve razor-sharp tools
Synopsis: The more proficient you are at sharpening a blade, the more likely you are to keep your tools sharp. And sharp tools will help you raise the quality of your projects. In this article David Charlesworth shares his time-tested method for sharpening with waterstones.To get the most from waterstones, a disciplined approach to using, maintaining, and storing them is essential, and Charlesworth’s technique requires minimal effort.
From Fine Woodworking #169
Sharpness is a function of two polished surfaces meeting to form a cutting edge. The easier and quicker it is to polish these edges, the more likely you are to keep your tools sharp, and sharper tools will raise the quality of your woodworking projects.
My preferred method of sharpening is to use Japanese synthetic waterstones, and I recommend them to my students. They cut faster and give a better edge than most other sharpening systems. The grit…