Sharpening by Mail
Package of Chisels From Alaska
One of the packages recevied Saturday was 12 woodworking chisels from a customer in Alaska. The chisels were an assortment of Buck Bros. Brand and Stanley.
The chisels were sharpened on diamond stones, 180 grit, 220 grit and 320 grit. The next steps, yet to be finsished, are
- polishing on an extra fine stone
- polishing on oiled natural stone
The customer requested a “utility” edge so all were sharpened at 25 degrees without a secondary bevel. Bringing back a good straight bevel took the most time as about half of the chisels had developed a concave service. Two of the chisels had considerable chipping of their edges which necessitated additional sharpening to remove the chipping.
My note to my customer:
Thank you for your business and placing your confidence in my sharpening service. I treated your chisels as if they were my own.
If I may, I would like to pass on some information that may help:
As you cut wood, the cutting edge will start to round, introducing a tiny radius. As you continue cutting, the size of this radius increases on the blades – it is becoming dull. At first this degradation is imperceptible to feel or see, but the longer ghe chisel is used the duller the cutting edge will become and soon you can detect the decline in cutting edge sharpness. This is when you stop and re-sharpen a bit.
It should take you only a few minutes to bring any of them back to superb sharpness. Use a good quality whetstone- even a pocket stone will do.
Again, thank you for your business.
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