Brian Boggs Demonstrates Freehand Blade Sharpening
When I went to Asheville recently to photograph a couple of articles with Brian Boggs–one on the double tenon joint he developed for his outdoor chairs, the other on sharpening edge tools with diamond stones and diamond paste–I took along a video camera and filmed his method of freehand sharpening. Brian learned to sharpen in the early 1980s, before honing guides were quite so prevalent. He has used them, and finds them useful, but feels its quicker and less cumbersome to sharpen freehand.
In this short video, Boggs takes you from grinding the bevel to making silky shavings without a honing guide.