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The Perfect Edge
by Ron Hock
Hardback (while supply lasts) ISBN 978-1558708587
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Paperback ISBN 978-11440329951
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here for a review from Chris Schwarz at the Woodworking Magazine
224 pages with over 400 photos, charts, illustrations
(some with circles and arrows...)
I've included a lengthy chapter on tool steel metallurgy,
heat treatment, even rust, as well as a chapter on abrasives: what
they are and which one does what best, along with how-to chapters
on how to sharpen your favorite tools.
While doing the research for the book I found and
used a large number of websites. I've posted that
list as a blog entry for those seeking more info about sharpening
and related subjects.
Praise for The Perfect Edge:
"I'm working my way through your book, The Perfect Edge, which
I recently got from you. It's extremely informative, and, perhaps
just as important, a lot of fun to read. Too often technical books
are dry and yawn-inducing, but your "voice" and sense
of humor make this one a real pleasure. Well done!" -- K.L.
"Ron, man, I love the book!! I don't know how I overlooked
it earlier. I've had to search everywhere to get useful, accurate
information about tool steel. Everything on the internet is either
somebody's amateur, second-hand opinion ("Yeah, Rockwell 65
will keep an edge longer but gimme a good high carbon Sheffield
O2 over them brittle Japanese chisels any day") or it's very
general information designed for manufacturing customers. Everything
in steel textbooks is designed for metallurgists, never for woodworkers.
Blacksmithing and knife-making websites sometimes have good information,
but they usually assume more knowledge than I have. I look forward
every day to the half an hour of peace when I get to read parts
of your book. I think I'll order a few replacement irons for some
of my old bedrocks, just to show a little appreciation for all you
do for our hobby. Thank you!" -- T.H.
"I have read your book and it is fantastic. Thank you for
writing it. Really a good book and excellent reference book."
"First I'd like to say that your new book is the best reference
on sharpening available anywhere. I go to it often for answers to
my questions." -- R.W.
"Aye, mate, 'twas worth the wait. I haven't had much time
to myself until today, but on Christmas Day, amid all the extended
family commotion, I was finding some peace in my leather recliner
reading the first few chapters of your latest work. Well done. It's
been 38 years since I was in Materials Science class, a course I
enjoyed and did well in, and your section on metallurgy should be
adopted as a supplement for those courses. Much better written than
any textbook I've ever had to wade through. It is a credit to you
on how you've written this that I find it draws the reader in and
I just keep reading along. I particularly commend you on your choice
of advisors ... an impressive list of experts lending their assistance,
further improving the books credibility for me. I have much more
to read, but this effort looks to be worth every bit of the energy
you put into it -- and having an autographed copy may well prove
at some point to significantly enhance the perceived value on the
bookshelf." -- C.D.
"Received the sharpening book today. First pass through -
very satisfied - exactly what I bought it for: great information
on sharpening, steel, and machines for sharpening. Glad you chose
to write this book!" -- B.P.
"I just received your book. I am not a non-fiction lover preferring
murder mysteries. But, as a woodworker also, I have been fascinated
and have learned as much about sharpening in a few hours of reading,
as I accumulated over the past years. Thank-you for your efforts."
"Wow! I must say that you have done a masterful job of tying
together an enormous amount of technical data. Your sense of humor
comes through as well without distracting from the flow. The book
is also a visual treat- clear large images leave no doubt as to
what you mean to illustrate. There is plenty of hard data to keep
the controversies going. I think you have given a very balanced
view of the great variety of methods available.
In my opinion you have the absolute top book on the topic-period.
Congratulations." -- B.B.