Do any of the carvers use a Worksharp?

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Forum topic by Cliff De Witt posted 03-04-2011 04:38 PM 1161 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Cliff De Witt

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03-04-2011 04:38 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question carving tool sharpening

My wife is starting to do some chip carving. She will go along fine and then stops for a few weeks. I asked her why and she said that she stops until she can buy a new sharp knife hers keep going dull.

I checked the drawer in her bench and she has about 10 knives! I think it would be a LOT easier (and cheaper) to teach her to sharpen them but, it seems that she is not interested in learning because it is “too detail oriented.”

Our local hardware store has a Worksharp 2000 on closeout for about $50 but I am not sure if it will sharpen the carving knives. The videos make it look easy enough to use but it seems to always be on flat blades not knives.

Would the 2000 or the 3000 work better, I would like the 3000 for my late tools but for this price I could make adjustments.

-- Trying to find an answer to my son’s question: “…and forming organic cellulose by spinning it on its axis is interesting, why?”

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#1 posted 03-17-2011 05:41 AM

I don’t know about the worksharp but it sounds to me like much more hassle/overkill than maintaining chip carving knives….its much easier than maintaining your turning tools. It is simple and easy to sharpen chip carving knives and enhances ones experience in carving. When you keep up with it, a few swipes on a ceramic stone and then a few on a leather strop keeps them cutting like butter. wayne barton, alpine school of carving sells a couple nice ceramic stones and I believe a strop with a compound. Marty, chipping away, is a member here, is doing a class on chip carving here now and probably has great info available, maybe even as part of his class blog. Just search on marty chip and you’ll find it… My favorite chip knife (out of about a dozen) is made by Ron Hock…I don’t have experience with martys. Can buy direct or through woodcraft. It is my favorite because it holds it edge the longer than others I tried…and is very comfortable for this woman to hold. You can pay marty to sharpen a knife for you so she could feel how one works that is properly sharpened. Sharpening instructions can sound very tedious depending on what you read. Once you both learn a simple method, she will find the knives cut much better after sharpened than when new! Good luck with this. if you were just looking for justification for a new tool…there are plenty of other things to sharpen!

-- toni --- SW WI...working on shop setup....wish I could say diligently. "Time is a healer, a friend & a maker of dreams."

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#2 posted 03-17-2011 05:58 PM

Sharpening a chip carving knife or any knife is not at all hard or time consuming. It’s a whole lots easier than trying to carve with a dull knife. Here is a video about sharpening chip carving knives and your wife might even want to join Lumberjocks to take this chip carving class. Marty also has a nice web site with lots of good videos at a reasonable price.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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