Lesson 1, Part 2 – How to sharpen your chip carving knife
As a kid, did you ever grab that old hand saw hanging in your dad’s garage and try to cut a board with it?
I know I did! No wonder my dad didn’t do any woodworking. I would’ve be better off taking karate lessons and breaking the board with my fist.
A dull tool in the shop leads to burn marks, ratty edges, and wandering cuts. Not only that, but it requires a lot more force on your part which can lead to injuries.
Having a sharp edge on your tool is important in all aspects of woodworking and extra crucial in woodcarving.
A sharp chip carving knife will lead to clean, crisp cuts requiring minimal effort.
The principles behind sharpening are very straight forward. Sharpening is accomplished by making smaller and smaller scratches on the surface of the metal. That’s it! Eventually the scratches get so small and fine that the metal has a mirror polish.
In this video I’ll show you how to sharpen your chip carving knife using ceramic stones. Ceramic stones are perfect for chip carving because they require no lubrication, will always stay flat and true, are easy to transport, and clean up quickly. CLICK HERE for ordering info on ceramic stones.
Sharpening can be done using other materials and methods. I’ll be demonstrating another method in an upcoming My Chip Carving Video.
Get your knife ready to carve!
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