I don't worry about the surface rust that develops. It takes a couple of
quick wipes to clean them off and they're good to go. I'm of the mind that
my tools are tools, not show pieces and they are subject to some of the
things that happen to tools. When they need a touch up I just hit them on
some sand paper.
For some strange reason I don't have a problem with rusted anything in
my little Wisconsin shop. Not sure why.
Once I've got a chisel sharp enough to shave with, a few strokes on
the five k grit and a few on the 8 k will bring it right back. Maybe
ten, fifteen minutes from getting the stones out to putting them away.
Unless I drop it on the floor.
Once I pulled a shoulder muscle trying to catch a chisel as it fell
off the bench. Didn't catch it. It landed on a canvas toolbag,
completey unharmed. And I realized that if I *had* caught it, I
probably would have slit the web between my thumb and forefinger.
Since then, I don't worry about it so much.
Don't try to catch sharp things! You may not realize this, but claw
hammers claws also tend to be sharp... I picked up one in Menards once,
and because of the design it didn't come out of the holder properly, and
I tried to catch it. I caught it, but I wished I hadn't.
This post is a bit of a test, just making sure everything's working again
after a server failure.
Sharpening is followed by honing, and perhaps by stropping. Tuning up in
the middle of a project is done with a ceramic, maybe a minute, including
pulling and replacing the stone. The sharpening is a rare thing, coarser
honing is once in a while and perhaps five minutes. I do all with the same
bevel when I hone, whether an individual chisel needs it or not. I strop
the carving tools, don't strop chisels.
I don't store 'em where they'll get moisture and make sure they have none
when I return them to the rack.
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