We know it does, of course, but there are times then when I watch people struggling in their work because they either don’t realise there is a need to regularly sharpen up on the job, or that sharpening is a regimen you must adopt as part of the workflow, or you don’t know what sharp is or, and this is the big one, you just refuse to sharpen when you should. In any and all of these cases, without an ethic toward keen edges, the work unquestioningly suffers.
So, Phil and I put this together yesterday as I was about to sharpen up at the end of the workday. It’s nice on the next day to pick up edge tools ready for use. I often go through my everyday chisels planes and saws to have them ready. In this video I sharpened 7 chisels, two planes, a knife and three back saws. I didn’t take too long to work through coarse, medium and fine stones and then stropping 30 times on the strop for each of them. Here is the 30 second video time-lapsed.