Rob Cosman's Sharpening Rule
The most innovative technique in plane sharpening over the last 30 years is the "ruler trick" by my good friend, David Charlesworth.
Traditionally, a sharp cutting edge is achieved by honing the back of your plane blade until it is dead flat (this takes a while), then you hone the primary bevel to achieve a razor sharp edge.
David Charlesworth introduced his ruler trick to save significant time while still achieving a razor sharp edge. Instead of flattening the whole blade back, he places a thin ruler on the stone raising up the blade about 1 degree so he just hones the leading edge, not the whole back. David's "ruler trick" works great and I always use it.
You only need one thing - a small thin ruler. We have our 8 inch long, .018 inch thick sharpening rules custom made without ruler etchings to allow plane blades to glide smoothly across the rule when executing the "ruler trick".
This is a simple yet effective tool to aid sharpening blades with Rob's technique.
It's a thin strip of metal. But I payed international shipping for it because I wanted to do the Ruler Trick properly
And wouldn't you know, it works perfectly for exactly that and nothing else.
Finally the best way to sharpening!
Plus all of Rob’s great tutorials.
Works just like Rob Cosman said it would. Put a nice little bevel on the back giving me a crisp edge.
Great product great service Thank you Rob Cosman and thank you for your videos