I learned what "sharp" is as a toolmaker making and sharpening blades for my own line of high-end infill hand planes for woodworkers.
So I knew what to do when the woman who cuts what's left of my hair asked me one day whether I could sharpen her shears.
I put a terrific edge on them with my best Japanese waterstones.
"They're too sharp!" she said. laughing, when she tried them out. "Dial them back!"
These days I specialize in freehand sharpening of knives for residents, restaurants and collectors of high-end custom knives up and down California's Central Coast, from Santa Barbara north to Lompoc, Solvang, Santa Inez, Los Olivos, Santa Maria, Nipomo, Arroyo Grande, Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo, Los Osos and Morro Bay. I also sharpen surgical scissors, forceps, needle holders, dental elevators, retractors, curettes, and other tools and instruments for veterinarians, physicians and dentists.