Saturday, July 19, 2008

Mouse Pad Sharpening Demo

Howdy folks. Been a while since I did a video but I thought I'd sit down with Brian Colby recently and try out a little sharpening tutorial. It was fun and I hope everyone enjoys it. :)

11 comments:

bin31z said...

i'm amazed by anyone who can sharpen a knife freehand like this...be it on a benchstone or a mousepad :) very interesting video...gave me a new perspective on sharpening knives...Thanks Peter!

Anonymous said...

thanks Peter, I've been thinking about buying a sharpening tool of some sort but I'll try your meathod first.-Norm in Hawaii

Joe said...

Cool video! Thanks very much for sharing Peter.

DB said...

Who knew it could be so simple! Thanks for the great tutorial....off to the hardware store for sandpaper tomorrow!

Heath said...

As a young boy, I used to get a great edge using blue jeans (while wearing them, much to the dismay of my mother)...just treated my upper thigh like a whetstone...I guess my pale chubby legs had the right amount of "play", similar to the mouse pad..thanks for the video!

Joe said...

Wait....is this a teaser saying that there will be some upcoming Atwood tools that is sharpened? I hope it is..haha....mm...(is it?) :D

souptree said...

Great video, guys. Thanks a lot. Maybe I won't have to send my Booger back to Peter for sharpening now. :-)

Will said...

Atwood branded sand paper and mouse pads?

Peter Atwood said...

Hehe, actually I did think about doing a mini kit a while back. I was thinking about taking one of those 3 1/2" diameter round tins with a round puck of rubber mouse pad glued into the lid and discs of sandpaper in the tin itself. Or easier yet you could just stick the rubber puck and the discs in the tin and then set your sharpening station up on the closed lid. Would make an awesome little travel kit. I don't know if I'd ever get to this project but someone ought to do it. Sell the kit and then offer the sandpaper disc refills separately...

Anonymous said...

Peter and everyone, the method os using sand-paper as a sharpening "stone" is very similar to the "scary-sharp" technique used by some woodworkers to get our tools to the perfect edge. It's cheap, easily available and fast. I've used upwards of 2000 grit automotive paper to sharpen my tools (then moved onto my 4000/8000 grit waterstone to end it off).
Great idea though for others to find out and lean. The mousepad is a new idea on it and should allow the creation of a not straight edge (which for some woodworking planes is needed) so thank you for the video.

Brian said...

Are there any other MAC users out there which can see the video? I get a blank section in the blog post with no video?