on 28 February 2005
This book did not meet my expectations, but having bought it and read through, it is clear that its scope doesn't set out to meet my needs. Having said that I learned a lot in reading it so hence the 4 out of 5 score.
I got this book with a particular purpose in mind, namely to keep my garden tools, hedge clippers and lawn mower blades sharp.
The book is solely centered on looking after the wood workers hand tools such as chisels and planes. It does not cover every day items like kitchen knifes or scissors.
The book describes itself as "a general introduction to the subject, covering all the main points and looking as specific issues like the therory and mechanics of sharpening." It does this clearly, and I was able to follow its advice through the good use of photographs.
Overall a good how too book for the woodworker, but I was disapointed that scope of the book was not opened up beyond woodwork hand tools
on 30 January 2012
Great book (and series of books if you are interested in woodwork) that really goes into depth on the sharpening techniques of woodwork tools from the use of diamond stones, grinders (cheap and expensive), oil stones, water stones, to the refinement of planer, chisel, saw, plane, and knife sharpening. While you may get something about sharpening out of this book if you are into other hobbies (metal work, DIY, gardening) it is aimed at woodworkers, so don't expect a step by step instruction on sharpening lawn mower blades or kitchen knifes. I didn't need this, so was a great guide that arrived promptly from a great independent book shop in the capital of books Hay-on-Wye. My second purchase from them (world of books) and so far service prompt and in good condition. Its well written, aimed at a skill level that's not too high, yet not too low. Beautifully presented with pictures to back up the great explanations. Also goes into depth on the health and safety behind the techniques which when working with dangerous tools is useful to help you think of hazards that may not be always apparent. Jigs are displayed to help with the sharpening of awkwardly big blades like planer/thicknesser blades which are not always of the size accessible by the average shop bought stone.
on 10 October 2011
Ralph Laughton describes in depth how different sharpenings methods work. Each step is discussed in detail. Large pictures, (sometimes too large?) show how to sharpen tools.
Personally I would like to have more on the Tormek sharpener, but if you want some easy to understand, easy to read late at night litterature, this is it.