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Sharpening handtools with waterstones - my way

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Published on Apr 11, 2012

I'm not into high tech/fancy/trendy electric tools if you haven't noticed. I don't mind taking the long road around if it means getting it right. But most important...the thing that this method of sharpening teaches me is understanding my tools, and the grains of wood I'm carving. You have to use your bare hands. There are no guides, just sight, feel, and sound.

Another thing the pros will tell you is "I don't recommend sharpening anything but flat beveled blades on Japanese Water Stones."

I guess it's easier to spend money on convenience and specialized sharpening stones and shapes for each tool, but that's not my style at all. Here is some clips of me sharpening my different bearded axes, spoon/hook knives, and puukos. Some scandinavian grinds, some convex, etc. They're all different, and if you pay attention... you can use your one set of whetstones.

The music is © to me. I've started including long lost and discarded little scratch tracks I recorded in the last couple of years. We'll say they're rough drafts.

Check out my Woodsman blog for more videos and pictures of sharp things.

http://www.theaxeisboldaslove.tumblr.com

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