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Recommended Books on Knife Sharpening

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Sharpening Made Easy: A Primer on Sharpening Knives and Other Edged Tools
by Steve Bottorff Copyright January 2002
Knife World Publications  ISBN 0-940362-19-8 Softcover, 96 pp. $ 9.95

The Complete Guide to Sharpening by Leonard Lee
Taunton Books ISBN 1-56158-125-9 $ 22.95
Better than my book, but at more than twice the money!  Mainly about sharpening woodworking tools.  Great technical material with electron microscope photographs.  Includes one chapter on knives.  Also available in hard cover.

An Edge in the Kitchen by Chad Ward
All about knives from selecting to sharpening to using.
ISBN 978-0-06-118848-0 $34.95


The Razor Edge Book of Sharpening by John Juranitch
Warner Books 1977 ISBN 0-446-38002-4 $ 19.95
Good information, but of date, and basically a manual for the sharpening system he sells. 
Available from https://www.razoredgesystems.com/ and some knifemaking suppliers

Sharpening Basics by Patrick Spielman
Sterling Publishing ISBN 0-8069-7226-2 $ 9.95
Good chapter on knives, but way off on the angles involved.
Sharpening - The Complete Guide by Jim Kingshott

Guild of Master Craftsman Publications ISBN 0-946819-48-3 $ 17.95
Good theory, but very little on knives.
Step by Step Knifemaking by David Boye

covers sharpening with a belt grinder and buffer, as well as manual sharpening and stropping. 

Water Cooled Grinding and Sharpening of Edge Tools by Torgny Jansson
The Tormek Manual

Sharpening and Knife Making by Jim Watson
Schiffer Press 1987  $ 12.95

Sharpening - Techniques for Better Woodworking by Nick Engler
Rodale Press ISBN 0-87596-584-9 $ 19.95
Only 1 1/2 pages on knives.

Sharpening with Waterstones by Ian Kirby
Cambium Press ISBN 096439993-8 $14.95
Mostly for woodworkers with 3 pages on knives, but more on waterstones than I've found anywhere else.

Secret Trade Revealed by Graham Stuckey
A nicely detailed explanation of knife sharpening based on his home-made Grambo sharpener.  

Sharpening Secrets of a Pro by John Juranitch
Popular Science February 1977

Woodworkers Supply catalog

WoodCraft catalog

The Japan Woodworker catalog

The Gun Digest Book of Knifemaking by Jack Lewis and Roger Combs
has a good chapter on sharpening.

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