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Posted on Need some help with chisels/sharpening

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#1 posted 12-21-2008 03:53 PM

Cheap chisels , in my opinion, have their place in the shop, I have used my beaters for everything from pry bars to tile removers. A big part of my learning curve with sharpening was figuring out when enough was enough. I would worry every grit till it was perfectly square and polished top and bottom then move on to the next grit. From everything I had read, that was the way to do it. Maybe so, but I have found you only have to go that route if you let the edge get away from you, in other words, if you sharpen more often, you have to sharpen less. Touch ups go a long way to keeping a decent edge and you normally only use the last one or two grits to get back to a usable state. I find by staying on top of them I only need to follow the full protocol a couple of times a year VS sometimes monthly. Stay with it, you will find your pace.

I think Steve has covered about every thing else.

Merry Christmas – maybe Santa will bring you a Work Sharp.
Doug in AZ.

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