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Sharpening Stones

Proper sharpening of a cutting tool should always occur before the edge is badly worn or damaged and prior to the angle of the bevel becoming inadvertently changed.Sharpening with a poor quality stone (too hard or too soft) may severely damage a valuable tool.It is important to first restore the basic tool surface prior to

The most prevalent problem in sharpening applications results from the selection of an incorrect stone shape.The following guides should prove useful:

  • Always use sharpening stones with flat surfaces for straight portions of tools,or for tools with convex edges,such as spoke shave blades
  • Use round edge sharpening stones for concave tool surfaces,such as round-nose lathe tools or routers
  • Use sharpening stones with wedge edges to reach deep into steep-angled cutters,such as wood block gouges.
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