Newbie question on sharpening

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Forum topic by JasonZahn posted 01-07-2015 01:22 AM 844 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-07-2015 01:22 AM

So, here’s another newbie question for you all. Wanting to get into hand tools, I bit the bullet last week on an entry level set of Narex bench chisels, and a Veritas Apron plane. I figured these would serve me well in an assortment of tasks, and will most likely become indispensable in future projects.

I need some help sharpening them as they come out of the box. I picked up one of the Veritas honing guides on the cheap (used) to help get me on my way.

My question is, after flattening/polishing the backs of the chisels and plane iron, is it necessary, if I’m going to be using a honing jig, to grind a hollow bevel, or could I just go ahead and hone away?

Or, should I let the 25 deg factory bevel be as it is, and just go ahead and hone at, say 27 or 30 deg, and just create a micro-bevel?

Thanks for any input as I try to get these sharpened the right way!!

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#1 posted 01-07-2015 03:58 AM

Definitely not necessary to hollow grind before honing, but hollow grinding is one method that some people like so you can do that. Yes, you can definitely just hone at 27 degrees and add a micro bevel on your finer or finest grit, but again it’s one way to do it and there are lots of them.

I like the Paul Sellers method, but really any method you can use to get sharp enough will work.

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#2 posted 01-07-2015 04:33 AM

Thanks, Tim. I’ll check out Paul Sellers’s method too…

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