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Forum topic by TimH posted 10-01-2009 04:07 AM 1037 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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TimH

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10-01-2009 04:07 AM

Hi all,

I bought a slow speed grinder this year and have been sharrpening my tools so that the stone is turning away from the blade. After I’m done I touch up the back on a flat oil stone to remove the burr. I’m hearing from others that it’s better to have the stone turn into the blade. Whats the reasoning behind this and how do you all sharpen your tools? Thanks.


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Max

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#1 posted 10-01-2009 04:19 AM

Tim,

I have a Tormek grinding system and when I sharpen my tools as well as knifes or scissors the wheel turns into the blade. This is how they instruct you to do it. I just sharpened a chisel and kitchen knives today as a matter of fact….

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 10-01-2009 04:43 AM

Cutting into the blade removes any bur as you sharpen.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#3 posted 10-01-2009 10:43 PM

I sharpen into the blade, Have done it for so long it just seems natural ;-)) I used sand paper teh other day because I wanted to try it. It worked great going into the balde too.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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papadan

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#4 posted 10-01-2009 10:58 PM

Into the blade leaves a lot smaller bur on the back side of the edge. On lathe chisels I leave this slight bur, seem to hold the edge longer.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#5 posted 10-02-2009 11:18 PM

I used a piece of about 100 grit sandpaper on a flat piece of steel to sharpen up one of my carpenter chisels. I just automatically started pushing it into the paper. It worked ok, I didn’t gouge the paper, but thought about it and pulled the other way a few strokes too. I raised a bit of a burr going both directions. It is plenty sharp to trim up some 2×4s :-)) If it had been one of my really good chisels, I would have been on the watrer stones. I just thought I’d try it and it worked better than I expected.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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