Chris Gochnour’s Sharpening Process
Watch a hand tool aficionado who is always looking for new ways to be a better sharpener
Chris Gochnour has been an avid hand-tool user for decades. When you use hand tools as much as he does, you get pretty good at sharpening. Sharpening is as much about process as it is the tools you use. Without a good sharpening process, the world’s most expensive tools aren’t going to help get you sharp.
In this video, we let Chris’s process play out in real time, so you can see the speed of his methods for yourself.
Chris’s sharpening kit contains the following:
- Norton IM 83 waterstone case
- Atoma 400 plate for flattening waterstones
- Lie-Nielsen honing guide
- Trend lapping fluid
- DMT coarse diamond stone for establishing the bevel
- Sigma 1k, 6k, and 13k waterstones for honing
- Leather strop charged with Simichrome
- Raw denim for an extra level of stropping
- Camellia oil
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- Modifying an inexpensive honing guide – All it takes is a file and a little time by Bob Van Dyke
- Handplane Sharpening – You’ll never get a handplane to perform the way you want it to until you get the blade truly sharp.
by Michael Pekovich