About this Site

Biagio PupiniThis site is meant as a reference tool for those who already know how to sharpen specific tools. It is meant to mirror the value provided for machinists by

I like the technique shown in the picture from Biagio Pupini titled, "Man supervising another sharpening an axe with a boy turning the wheel" (a pen and ink drawing, circa 1535, and shown to the right); however I can't find the room for such a grindstone in my shop. Also, my sons have moved out.

Instead, I use the Tormek wet grinder with associated jigs for sharpening when it makes sense to do so. When it does not, I have noted that in this site.

I have not used other systems like the Sorby ProEdge, so I can't speak to what would change using it. If you have some information worth logging on this site, then please eMail me at the address shown below.

If you are seeking information about how to sharpen tools, please refer to the sharpening resources noted on this site. There are many others and they may be quite good. I recommend these based on their proven approaches, and I have also found them to be safe when followed as instructed.

Information presented here is given without any commerical gain. I choose to fund this web site privately so that the information won't be skewed towards any vendor, and so that it can be presented freely to those who would like to use it.

If you have ideas or thoughts, please send them to me. I want this to be a quick reference for shapening, and notes that help make that faster or more effective would be greatly appreciated (and will probably be added).

Additionally, I only have shown information for tools I sharpen, or information given to me by others who sharpen their own tools. If you have information about tools not shown, please do send them to me so they can be added.

I can be contacted at SharpeningHandbook @ Gmail.com.

I hope you find this information useful.

With kindest regards,
Rich Colvin

The legal stuff :
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Tormek AB have been kind enough to let me reference information from their Tormek Handbook. Notes have been made to the use of their copyrighted material.