Friday, January 29, 2010

Experiments in Sharpening

For the first time, I've combined the Veritas Honing Jig with the 8000X Waterstone.

I hollow grind and freehand hone, so the microbevel on a chisel is new to me.

Paring softwood end grain:

The results are satisfactory. There is a little bit of fibre crushing as the chisel cuts deeper. The edge will continue to improve as the face gets more and more polished with each sharpening.

I think I'll stay with honing my working chisels by hand, but my better set will be honed with the jig. The jig honed edge is straighter, and is less reliant on a perfect grind than freehand honing is.

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