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#1 posted 06-19-2013 01:38 AM

For mortise chisels a micro-bevel is standard, unless
they are laminated Japan chisels.

There’s a lot of fuss about sharpening methods –
but in my experience pounding dulls sharp edges
quickly and the only tools that practically need
very, very sharp edges are paring chisels, smooth
planes and joinery planes.

That said, it seems to me that on a jack used for
carpentry for example, where sharpness is not that
critical, the iron will stay working well a good while
longer if it is honed finely. You don’t need a fine
cut in carpentry, but the edge seems to last longer.

I hollow grind most of the time. I hollow grind my
Japan chisels too, but they are rather basic but
good ones they were bringing over in the 1990s.
I do not micro-bevel them though.

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