The Lost Art of Sharpening


Grinding on a  grit Japanese waterstone.

I like sharp things. They are useful beyond belief. Sharp edges were one of the first tools of mankind. They have been adapted in many ways to be many tools: knives, axes, chisels, and so much more.

I think that the vast majority of american culture has lost respect for the value of sharp things. It is easy and quick in our culture to replace a dull tool with a new one. There are endless outlets for purchasing cheap tools made of soft metal. The classic characterization of this is the disposable razor. So instead of fixing, we throw away and buy more stuff.

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