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[BKARTS] Workshop with Jeff Peachy

Making and Sharpening Knives: A Rigorous Approach
A Workshop by Jeff Peachey to be held in Bloomington, Indiana
Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6, 2003
Sharpening is traditionally divided into three stages: grinding, sharpening,   and honing.  Grinding is often accomplished by machine at U.S. grits of @ 30-150, and involves the initial shaping of metal into the desired shape. Sharpening is usually done by hand and involves using a successive series ofgrits @ 220-2000 to smooth the fissures left by the rougher grits.  Although a knife with rougher grit may "feel" sharper initially, the blade is more like a saw and the teeth will break off and wear down quickly.  Honing is the final polishing of the blade and often involves stropping on a slightly abrasive material such as linen or leather.  

Saturday, April 5, and Sunday, April 6
DAY ONE:  MORNING: Introductions, tools and materials, blade bevels, demonstration of sharpening process, begin initial shaping
AFTERNOON:  Examine knifes, sharpening jigs, work in progress
DAY TWO:  MORNING: Examine knives, introduce other sharpening systems, work in progress
AFTERNOON: Advanced sharpening (punches, board shear, scissors, etc.), handles, blade covers

To leave the workshop with two completed knives made from blanks or machine hacksaw blades, and to have sharpened or reground your existing knives.  To cut through the plethora of misinformation and mystique that surrounds sharpening and get in touch with one of the most basic human tool-making activities: making and keeping an edge tool sharp. To gain familiarity with a variety of sharpening systems and decide which works best for you. To gain the ability to efficiently keep your knives and other edge tools in top cutting condition as well as to make specialized knives as the need arises.

Sharpening, as well as most bookbinding skills, is what educational
psychologists call "procedural knowledge."  It is the knowledge of how: how to drive a car on an icy road, how to play music, hit a baseball, etc.  Most describe it as getting a "feel" for something.  It is difficult to write down or explain and is mainly subconscious.  It is usually taught by demonstration, practice and analysis of results.  This workshop will concentrate on these three elements: demonstrating the tools and materials of sharpening; ample time for practice with various sharpening materials; and analysis of the results, which in the case of a knife is fairly easy: looking at the edge under magnification and testing it: does it cut well and hold an edge?

Workshop Leader
Jeff Peachey, a member of the Guild of Book Workers New York Chapter, is known for his line of fine handmade paring and lifting knives, type holders, and more.  You may access his online catalog at 

Registration Form

Workshop participants are limited to 15.  If the workshop fills up, a few additional people may audit the class (watching but not actively
participating).   We will let you know if auditing will be necessary.  
Maps and more information will be sent when you register.

Please fill out the form below, enclose payment, make a photocopy for your records, and send.

________Number of participants

________$90 (member, GBW Midwest Chapter) 

________$115 (non-member)

________$60 materials fee


Please may your check payable to the Guild of Book Workers




Zip Code____________


Mail registration form and check to:

Cris Takacs 
112 Park Avenue
Chardon, OH  44024

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