Use your tool rest only as a fence
Synopsis: Frank Klausz grinds damaged tools, new tools that have been incorrectly ground, and tools whose repeated sharpening has flattened the hollow grind. He shares tips here for faster, easier grinding and explains how his tool-rest angle helps as a guide. He explains how to grind a blade and when to dampen the metal. Photos illustrate his straightforward explanations.
Grinding is the first step in shaping the bevel on a cutting tool. It makes the edge straight and square and puts the bevel at the proper angle. It is not necessary to regrind every time you sharpen; a properly ground edge can be honed many times. I grind damaged tools and new tools that have been incorrectly ground. I also regrind tools after repeated sharpening has flattened the hollow grind; it’s easier to hone a hollow grind. In my apprentice years, we did not use a motorized grinding wheel. We…