Sharpening: Stropping Blades
How to give a freshly sharpened blade a final touch. Part six of this 8-part series answering your questions about sharpening.
Bob Van Dyke Manchester, Ct. The founder and director of the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking answers questions from readers about keeping hand-tool blades sharp–with demonstrations and explanations of time-saving techniques. THE QUESTIONS Can you explain the Scary Sharp method?‘Wanda 2000,’ via Knots Play 1 What’s the best way to sharpen curved blade edges, like those on large gouges?‘Michigan Dave,’ via Knots Play 2 Will beginners get better results if they use a honing guide?‘Woodrae,’ via Knots Play 3 How do I burnish the edge on a gooseneck scraper?‘Milanuk,’ via Knots Play 4 Do you recommend a hollow grind or a flat grind for chisels and plane irons?From the FWW Editors Play 5 Should I strop a chisel or gouge after I’ve sharpened it?‘Samson,’ via Knots Now Playing Do I need a different bevel or sharpening system for different types of tools?‘Archibald,’ via Knots Play 7 What’s the difference between A2 and O1 steel? Is one more difficult to sharpen?‘Kretzer,’ via Knots Play 8