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Forum topic by KPW posted 12-21-2011 11:09 PM 816 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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KPW

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12-21-2011 11:09 PM

Has anybody ever used a knife sharpening steel as a burnisher for scrapers?

-- Ken --------- never try and put 5 lbs. of tenon in a 3 lb. mortise.


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Dallas

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#1 posted 12-21-2011 11:21 PM

I never have, all I use is the shank of an old Snap-on screw driver.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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Bertha

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#2 posted 12-21-2011 11:24 PM

I’m not sure that’ll work the way we hope it would. All the knife steels I’ve used have longitudinal grooves, which would likely introduce an irregular edge to your scraper. I use a flat mill file to get the edge absolutely flat and square, then like Dallas, just use a smooth round bar to burnish. I bought a really nice burnisher bar from Ron Hock for like $15 or less. Before that, I just used a large screwdriver. Mine was a Klein, Dallas, but I’m generally a SnapOn guy too;)

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KPW

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#3 posted 12-21-2011 11:28 PM

I’m new at the whole scraper thing so I understand the principle but not sure on the burnishing part. So the burnisher does not have to have any sharpening qualities?

-- Ken --------- never try and put 5 lbs. of tenon in a 3 lb. mortise.

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KPW

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#4 posted 12-21-2011 11:30 PM

Thanks guys. Being an ex electrician, I’m a Klien guy too.

-- Ken --------- never try and put 5 lbs. of tenon in a 3 lb. mortise.

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Dallas

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#5 posted 12-21-2011 11:31 PM

the burnisher just curls the sharp edge over to the side so that you can hold the scraper at the appropriate angle and take thin shavings, like the iron on a plane.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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KPW

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#6 posted 12-21-2011 11:34 PM

Thanks Dallas. God I love this website!

-- Ken --------- never try and put 5 lbs. of tenon in a 3 lb. mortise.

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Bill White

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#7 posted 12-22-2011 12:01 AM

My steel is rough ‘cause it is designed to “refine” the edge of my knives. I have a burnisher that I made from a wrist pin from a motorcycle engine. It is hard-chromed, and extremely hard as well as polished. A steel won’t give ya the edge ya want. A polished, hardened edge will burnish and roll the edge needed. Some may use a shaft of a screwdriver. Better be a VERY high quality shaft. A true burnisher is best.
Bill

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rustfever

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#8 posted 12-22-2011 12:12 AM

When I recently misplaced by burnishing steel, I subsituted a round pin punch as the burnisher. It worked awesome.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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canadianchips

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#9 posted 12-22-2011 01:07 AM

Some people have made a burnishing jig using the shank from a quarter inch router bit. Drill a hole in a block of wood to hold the angle of the bit. I use a good steel shank from a screw driver . (To tight to spend the monet on a real one !)

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#10 posted 12-22-2011 03:03 AM

I use a knife steel. Works fine for me. Just make sure you hold it perpendicular to the scraper and don’t twist it. I don’t think you would anyhow, but if you twist your wrist, then what Al is saying holds true. I also add a drop of oil to mine. I use the mineral oil/diesel fuel mix I use on my oil stones, but any oil would work.

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