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Razor Sharp System

I'm sure you can find it a little cheaper, but this is great for renewing a shaped edge and giving it a mirror hone. Took me 5 min to take a custom punch from raw shape to mirror bright and razor sharp.

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And more info along those lines......

https://sharpeningmadeeasy.com/paper.htm

 

Lance

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These wheels are popular with woodworkers.  In my experience as a woodworker and leatherworker there is a difference in sharpening.  Working with wood will really blunt a tool quickly, you have to grind down often to get an edge again (before you even start sharpening that edge).  We're talking things like chisels you pound on with a mallet and plane irons you push against hardwoods with both hands.  These tools need a lot of sharpening very frequently, practically every day or even multiple times a day depending how much they are used.  And I am talking about sharpening, ie the whole process with multiple grits, not just stropping.

Leather is very soft compared to wood, it takes a lot to blunt a tool.  If you strop for a few seconds before every use you might not have to actually sharpen for weeks or months, or even never if you get good with your stropping.   Eventually you'll have to really sharpen something but that's pretty infrequent.  In my experience a stone is perfectly adequate for that.  Sharpening wheels and systems are really for ease of use for people who need to sharpen every day, they just get the job done faster.  But for leatherworking (in my opinion) it's probably not worth investing the time, money, and bench space.  And that's from someone who owns multiple sharpening systems, when I only do leatherworking I don't even use them.  I just strop frequently and then every couple of weeks I finetune my most used knives on the stone.

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I have the wheel system although I own a digital speed controlled motor and belt driven arbor. Sharpen is a leaning process and rarely use full speed. For wood carving with palm and mallet tools I do not grind on the tool edge only hone and do not leave a wire edge.  That is for wood lathe tools.  

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I have an old shopsmith, so changing wheels is easy.  I shared because everytime I get a new punch, especially from CS Osbourne, it's dull. The last end punch I got took a couple hours with various stones to get into shape. With this and some 3M micro paper on dowels, maybe 30 min.

Maybe you don't buy punches all the time, but when you do, time is money...and this system, or a felt wheel or micro papers are way cheaper and faster than stones, especially on odd shapes.  I'd rather save my stones for chisels.

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I glue two pieces of 3/4" MDF together and turned them on a lathe to 8".  I then wrapped and glued a strip of leather around it and put them on a low speed contraption I built.  I use it mainly for woodworking tools but it works great on my round knives and particularly on strap end and oblong punches.

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