Woodworking Books - The Perfect Edge by Ron Hock

The Perfect Edge
With 224 pages with over 400 photos, it could be the definitive Book on sharpening woodworking tools. The book includes a lengthy chapter on tool steel metallurgy, heat treatment, even rust, as well as a chapter on abrasives: what they are and which one does what best, along with how-to chapters on how to sharpen your favorite tools.
 About the Author
Ron Hock  has  been making high quality blades since 1981, he started out making knives to sell at  crafts fairs. One day the staff and students at James Krenov's Fine Woodworking Program at the College of the Redwoods in Fort Bragg convinced him to re-tool to make plane irons for them. One blade led to another and another and it wasn't long before he was making only woodworking tools. Ron has a blog The Sharpening Blog Where you can find lots of detailed information about sharpening , and making blades.

"If, however, you don't own a book on sharpening, I think "The Perfect Edge" should be at the top of the list, if only for the fact that it covers the latest innovations in sharpening equipment and is written in a very breezy style that makes the technical information easy to digest."
-- Chris Schwarz  Woodworking Magazine Weblog