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Of all the tools in the workshop, whether of the amateur or of the practical man, the absence of the grindstone would be the most severely felt. Without it, the restoration of the edges of the tools would be scarcely possible, and upon their perfection, much of the practical success of cutting processes depends.

Sharp tools produce the least expenditure of time; surfaces so nearly finished as to require but very little polishing. Whereas blunt tools leave the lines and moldings less accurately defined, and the additional friction or polishing employed to gloss over the defects makes a bad case worse, and obliterates all the keen edges that would impart to the work a defined and exact character.

Ornamental Turning by J.H. Evans (1903)

Other Items of Interest
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Jigs, Fixtures, & Modifications
Knife Sharpening Research & Other Information
Tormek Maintenance
Sharpening books, videos, and web sites
Sharpening Pictures
Sharpness Chart with BESS ratings and edge width measures
Wet or Dry? - effect of wet and dry sharpening methods on wood turning tools

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