Overview

I have recently been practicing some sharpening techniques that I picked up from Carl Swensson, a great Baltimore area woodworker. After spending hours sharpening my chisels, I found myself looking for a way to protect the edges from nicks and chips while transporting them, and also wanted to protect myself from the very sharp tools, since I recently lost a chunk of my index finger to a freshly sharpened blade.

After some searching, I found a great article by Chris Schwarz about using Plasti Dip and masking tape to make edge guards. I was unable to get the snug fit I was looking for using his method, and the Plasti Dip was nasty to work with. Fortunately, I noticed that low-temperature hand-moldable plastic was recently added to the Adafruit shop, and decided to give it a try. The results were exactly what I was looking for, and the process couldn't be simpler. Let's get started.

This guide was first published on Jul 07, 2015. It was last updated on Sep 25, 2018. This page (Overview) was last updated on Jul 07, 2015.