There is no moral high ground in hand-sharpening.However, if you look at what past carvers have done only by hand-sharpening their tools you can see it's hardly to be dismissed.But power has advantages, which a busy carver would be foolish to ignore. And problems, which they'd be foolish not to overcome.
I've added more notes about Power Sharpening and Cratex wheels in the download - link below.
| 24 October 2017 15:55
Patricia - I haven't tried the JoolTool and thus just a provisional comment and I'm not recommending it as such: It looks like it will do the job of the grinder for the outside bevel. That it's easier to get a flat outside bevel (compared to a normal wheel) seems an advantage; against this is the cost, which is a lot more then the simple 2-wheel grinder that I us, and which certainly does the job. Hope this helps!
| 23 October 2017 16:57
Hi Chris! I got a question. Have you tried the new sharpening system by JoolTool? If not can you look at it and tell me what you think? Here is a link to that site and some videos and reviews.Thanks a bunch for such informative videos:
| 27 July 2016 16:12
Ed - I do have a Tormek and I do use it, but not often; mainly for small tools, or where I am very wary of overheating thea blade. I find a domestic grinder for the local hardware store does what I need to do very successfully, is inexpensive and as long as I have cool water to hand and check the blade frequently, it works a treat.
However, if you do have a Tormek already, there's no problem. It's a bit slow but very safe and there's little need to get another.
| 26 July 2016 17:26
Chris, I notice on your home page you have a Tormak sharpener, but you don't show it in any of these videos. Do you use it at all? I know they are very expensive.
Ed Hanzel, Surprise, Arizona
| 21 July 2016 19:44
Klaus - Please see the download for details.
| 20 July 2016 23:27
Have you got a brand name and or supplier's name for the rubber diamond