I just got my Sorby 3/8 corner chisel delivered today and I need to
hone it before I use it. I have used the scary sharp method on my
other straight chisels and have excellent results.
With the corner chisel I can't figure how to hone the bevel side
accurately. Does anyone have advise for me? Any help would be
I've found that stones don't get into the V very well as their edges are
usually rounded over somewhat. I use scary sharp sandpaper glued to
a scrap of wood such that the sandpaper goes right to the very edge of
the scrap. I then hone each bevel separately.
Slips (oil stone) -- India followed by soft Arkansas would give
you a good, fast edge. If you're using the chisel for squaring
mortises, no need to go finer.
No slips? Ceramic 32 pin or larger DIP ICs from 1980s vintage
computers work very nicely as hones, comparable to white hard
Honing that chisel is the easy part. Grinding the bevel is what
takes steady nerves.
On Wed, 30 Jan 2008 17:23:57 -0600, Gordon Shumway
Use a small diamond stone, hand-held and with the chisel clamped
vertically in a vice.
Don't use a stone, especially not a soft waterstone. Corner chisels
will round off the corner of a stone in no time. You need to make sure
you do hone right into the corners, otherwise you end up with a "spear
point" protruding from the corner, and it's a blunt spear point at that.
Personally I've little time for these things. Their benefits aren't
worth the hassle of sharpening them.
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