Sharpening Woodworking Tools: How to Achieve the Sharpest Cutting Edges with Traditional Techniques


There is much discussion among artisans when it comes to improving the cutting behavior of tools quickly and permanently, but the debate is settled here, where expert engineers and master craftsmen prove the benefits of sharpening blades and tools using methods based on time-tested Japanese water stone grinding techniques. Learn through detailed instructions how to get perfect edges on your chisels, planes, axes and hatchets, woodcarving and woodturning tools, drill bits, and handsaws in a tool-conserving and--in the best sense of the word--sustainable way, using stones, files, and specially designed machines. Manual sharpening has the added advantage that only as much material as absolutely necessary is taken off the steel. Founded on a scientific understanding of steel types and sharpening means and filled with valuable tips, this guide is a standard-setting volume and the ideal companion on the path to acquiring sharper and better edges on all your hand tools.


I found this book to be very useful and full of information. For me, the most helpful part was not only the angle of which to hold the blade at. For example using a wood chisel, but also how much pressure to put on it when sharpening it. That way you are not damaging the blade, but are able to get the right amount of pressure for an equal sharpness around the entire chisel. You want to be able to use your tools multiple times and this book gives you that tool. You should not use a grinder all the time because eventually you will end up replacing the tool and that is no good especially if you have old tools like from your grandfather who worked with wood and you would like to continue to use those this is the book for you. The author shows you through pictures and diagrams how to sharpen all of the tools you would use on wood, from axes, saws, planes, drill bits, I just picked chisels because I have a lot and was able to use them easily. The drill bit section was also helpful as well. For me I found this to be a very helpful and useful book and I think anyone that works with wood would also find this book useful as well. I got this book from I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at

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