Chip Carving Class - Quilt Squares #4: Lesson 1, Part 2 - Knife Sharpening

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by MyChipCarving posted 03-10-2011 06:09 PM 7506 reads 4 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Lesson 1: Surface preparation Part 4 of Chip Carving Class - Quilt Squares series Part 5: Lesson Pacing (reply requested) »

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!

Next lesson 2: Pattern Design

Marty Leenhouts
My Chip Carving

-- Marty,, 866-444-6996

3 comments so far

View BigTiny's profile


1676 posts in 2881 days

#1 posted 03-11-2011 06:49 AM

I like the “scary sharp” method using fine carborundum papers on a glass or stone base, followed by rouge on leather.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

View MyChipCarving's profile


604 posts in 3118 days

#2 posted 03-11-2011 01:20 PM

I’m glad you brought up the “scary sharp” method, Big Tiny.
I’ll be showing similar though quicker method but not with leather, as that material can cause a chip carving knife to have a edge that is rounded over.
Stay tuned in the My Chip Carving Platinum Member Video Vault!


-- Marty,, 866-444-6996

View BigTiny's profile


1676 posts in 2881 days

#3 posted 03-12-2011 11:24 AM

For edges that might suffer from rounding over, using the rouge on a plain sheet of typing paper in top of the glass is a great substitute.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics