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Complete Guide to Sharpening
by Leonard Lee
Lee, a well-known tool manufacturer, covers the practical and technical information to sharpen tools quickly, efficiently and safely. Descriptive photos, clear line drawings and step-by-step instructions show exactly how to improve the performance and safety of any cutting tool. 255 photos.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 1st 1996 by Taunton Press
(first published January 15th 1995)
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Amazingly comprehensive book -- if you're a woodworker. He has a whole section of electron microscope pictures of the results of different sharpening techniques, and goes through just about every woodworking tool that has ever existed, talking about how each is used and how sharpening it should be approached. He talks about the difference between oilstones and waterstones, micro-bevels, sharpening fixtures, wet and dry grinding, how to regrind screwdrivers so they work right, how to set up compe ...more
Excellent and comprehensive. Covers the full process from grinding a new blade through to final sharpening. Includes coverage of a wide range of stones and abrasives, and some great ideas for difficult jobs like honing gouges. Also covers scrapers and misc edged tools.
This is one of the two sharpening texts that I've seen recommended. I've skimmed this one, and it appears both thorough and technical. The reviews on Amazon favored this text over Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to Sharpening.