In his excellent book, _The_Complete_Guide_to_Sharpening_, Leonaard Lee
describes a "carver's hone" on page 97. The hone has 600x paper on one side
and a leather strop on the other side (charged with green Chromium Oxide).
I thought this item would be fairly easy to find but now I'm not so sure.
Is this one of those items one must purchase as "parts" and assemble at
This link is the closest I can come. Any suggestions for a specific
brand/type of paper to attach? I'm guessing one of the mylar-backed papers.
Little bit of a stick and some stickum - 3M 77 - and you're good to go.
You can actually leave off the leather and slap some of that deadly heavy
metal salt directly to the surface of your poplar or bass wood, I do.
Make your own slips, too.
You can probably find a similar hone by Butz at your local
Woodcraft, but if you're a woodworker, I can't imagine why you'd want
to pay someone to make it for you. It's nothing but a wooden "paddle"
with a strip of leather attached to it.
I use one with the PSA-backed 3M "micro-finishing film" attached to
it. (I think you can find the paper on the Lee Valley site under
sharpening supplies.) I keep it by my side when carving and when
doing chisel-work. A few swipes every few minutes keeps your edges
nice and sharp and actually seems to make them last longer.
I've heard some mixed opinions on using a leather strop. Some
folks say it dubs the edge, and others say that if you use it right,
it's the best thing around for honing carving tools.
If you really get into carving, you might also want to try out
another suggestion from Lee. That's where you use the gouge to carve
its own shape in a piece of pine and then apply some "green crayon"
(CrO2) to that shape. You can then use that to hone the tool.
Thanks to everyone for the answers. I think I'll just make one at home. I
think I'll take good advice and try bare wood for a while. I'm new to knife
carving, currently working on my third small carving. I'll post a few
pictures when I get it done.
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