|Good old Blue/Gray|
|Port Orford beauty|
This is from Merriam-Webster;
Definition of CHATOYANT
: having a changeable luster or color with an undulating narrow band of white light <a chatoyant gem>
Origin of CHATOYANT
French, from present participle of chatoyer to shine like a cat's eyes
First Known Use: 1816
REALLY nice stuff, but rather prone to tear-out when planing. Old Blue/Gray could still handle mahogany (amazingly well after 20 years and possibly 1000ft linear with only minor honing) with no problem, but POC? No way. So this last winter, I took a few days and sharpened (hahahahah) the knives with very underwhelming results. Made a jig and and burned through about $10 in wet/dry paper and maybe ever made them more dull. Hard to tell.
So what's different this time? First of all, someone's watching (you) and secondly, I bought some diamond stones.
Mount them on some blocks of wood and they flatten right out. Use a good quality spray adhesive like 3M super 77 (16 oz for $10-12) or 90(16 oz for $18). Kinda spendy for glue in a can, but you'll find plenty of uses for it. I can't find a good price with free shipping, so check locally. If you intend to use these stones for precision work like this (hahaha) you might want to check them for uniform thickness along their length and adjust accordingly. I am going to re-do this set, they work that good. A bargain at twice the price.
|Not as cheap|
OK, reference surface.
Birchwood-Casey Perma-Blue gel takes about 1 minute to apply and turns the metal black which gives you a good reference surface that tells you when you've missed a spot.
|You're an adult, make your own choices|
|Fancy, no? No.|
I'll write up a new and improved version one of these days, but for now this is pretty ghetto, but it works. Or you could just buy new ones. Knives, that is. Or a new planer, I suppose.
|Photo intentionally blurred to hide scratches. Actually my camera hates me.|