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The Perfect Edge [Paperback]

Ron Hock
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Book Description

30 Nov 2012

Sharp tools work better!

If you've never experienced the pleasure of using a really sharp tool, you're missing one of the real pleasures of woodworking. In The Perfect Edge, the mystery of the elusive sharp edge is solved by the long-time sharpening expert and tool maker Ron Hock. You'll soon find how easy and safe hand tools are to use.

This book covers all the different sharpening methods so you can either improve your sharpening techniques using your existing set-up, or determine which one will best suit your needs and budget. Ron shows you the tricks and offers expert advice to sharpen all your woodworking tools, plus a few around-the-house tools that also deserve a perfect edge.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Popular Woodworking Books; Reprint edition (30 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440329958
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440329951
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 20.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 247,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ron Hock is the owner of Hock Tools, a twenty-five-year-old cottage industry that makes acknowledged superior blades for planes and other woodworking tools. Hock started the business when, as a struggling knifemaker, students at James Krenov's Fine Woodworking program at The College of the Redwoods in Fort Bragg, California, came to him for plane irons for the wooden planes they were making at the school. He tooled up for plane irons, learned about plane-making and found a niche-market of discerning woodworkers who appreciate a superior tool. In the ensuing quarter-century since making his first plane blades he's learned about tool steel metallurgy, cutting edge geometry, hand woodworking tools and sharpening.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 3 Feb 2012
By Andrew
Format:Hardcover
You often hear people say I couldn't put a novel down, I'd say the same about this book. Its exceptionally well written and you can literally open any page and read something interesting and useful. Its inspired me to try and sharpen all my old tools which haven't been well cared for over the years. I started on a couple of chisels and in minutes they are much improved, no more throwaway tools for me.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Edge 14 April 2010
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Everything I needed to know about sharpening tools and a lot more besides. If I can't manage to keep my tools sharp after reading this, it's not the fault of the author!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Now I have sharp tools! 6 May 2012
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This book has been very useful. Covering all aspects of obtaining a sharp edge on all tools. Now it is possible to use tools as they were designed to be used. A very worthwhile book for the workshop. It will be frequently used.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just buy it! 7 Mar 2013
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No need to ponder, it's the best available on the subject, it's the best investment you'll make as a woodworker, tool user, tool maker, cook, etc...
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