|Forum topic by BTimmons||posted 156 days ago||708 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
156 days ago
For my plane irons and chisels, I’m using the scary sharp method (220, 320, 400, 600, 1500 grit) and finishing on a strop. And yes, I know stones are cheaper in the long run but I’m not in a position to make that investment yet. Had pretty good results so far but I’m starting to second guess my methods. Been revisiting some videos on the subject and I’m wondering if I’m missing a key factor or two.
What I’ve been doing is flattening the backs all the way up through the grits, then honing the bevel. What some videos show is honing the bevel until a visible burr is produced, then pulling the burr off by flipping over to sand the back, and repeating this process all the way through the grits. Is this what I should be doing? Is there some fundamental error in fully polishing the back and then doing the bevel? I ask because I don’t think I really see a burr when I do it, although the edge certainly gets shinier and much more sharp.
Also, I use a rolling honing guide and I roll it back and forth. But some videos show it only used on the pull stroke. Am I short changing myself by pushing forward too? Could this be rolling the bevel? And when I flatten the back, should I always use a pulling motion, or is a push/pull OK? Obviously I can only pull once I’m on the strop, or I’d cut the leather.
Oh boy, I’ve asked sharpening questions on the Internet. Now I’ve done it.
-- Brian in Arlington, TX