Sharpening chisels and plane irons is like working out at the gym: You know you should do it, but getting started can seem daunting. Like working out, the more you sharpen your tools, the better you get at it. And pretty soon you actually begin to enjoy it. To get to that point, you must first settle on the tools and methods that suit your needs. Before we get around to comparing the four best sharpening media, though, we'll cover the basic procedures that apply to all of them.