I too do not see how using the power hone or templates to shape
and/or sharpen gravers is cheating, or using short cuts, any more
than using a torch is. Sure, I was trained to use an alcohol lamp and
mouth blowpipe to hard solder, but adapting and using new technology
as it becomes available is not sacrificing quality to take shortcuts.
It is using the best or mostefficient tools available to do the job.
It pays to know HOW to do everything the old fashioned, tried and
true way, before adopting the newest tools, so you have the skill
and knowledge to see the difference in end results if one were to
use the new tool without understanding the goal, but one should not
be forced to continue using the old fashioned methods if they can
achieve the same results with newer technology.
We all learned to make and sharpen gravers by hand at Bowman Tech,
but we re not expected to always have to do so, if we found another
method that worked for us, any more than we were expected to do more
with those alchohol lamps and blow pipes than master the original
techniques, before then moving on to the current tools of the trade.