Any dirt is now gone, leaving clean, healthy looking wood.
The mouth closes up perfectly, as was expected.
Not too shiny but great conditioning.
Very powdery surface rust, just from storage.
Other than that, a beautiful new old stock.
I try to avoid the subject of sharpening. Why? Simply because
there are as many ways to sharpen as there are woodworkers! And
most of them work! But I do want to define "sharp", what it is
and how to get there my way.
Let us dispense with a few myths.
You can't get "sharp" from just coarse media. Wrong!
Blunt edges off coarse media can be made sharp by polishing to
oblivion. Mostly wrong, certainly a difficult way of doing it!
I need a microbevel. No... but making one on the second honing
is the fast way of bringing back an edge.
And one thing to always keep in the back of your mind - sharp is
two FLAT surfaces at a suitable angle to each other meeting at a
point of infinite smallness. That's it!
Read on through my step by step sharpening and testing of this
fine coffin smoother by I. SORBY of SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND.