I spent a bit of time this afternoon sharpenin…

I spent a bit of time this afternoon sharpening pretty much everything. The @worksharptools makes quick work of pretty much everything. (#notsponsored but highly recommended) Plane irons, spoke shaves, chisels, and I even freehanded a draw knife.
Last week, I also added a cheap leather strop to my sharpening kit. That was definitely the missing link to laser edged tools. Off the work sharp, the tools are perfectly usable, but a few passes on the strop with some compound and they’re splitting hairs. I’m not certain of the science behind it, but I’m definitely a believer in that last honing step now. Supposedly, a few quick passes during a job can revive an edge too.
I still need more practice with the water stone, or maybe just a higher grit, maybe both. The original idea was to hand sharpen to a mirror polish off the work sharp, but I feel like I take it down a step instead 😕
Last picture is of some pine, red oak and walnut curls from “testing” the planes after reinstalling the blades.
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