Sharpening a V-Chisel – Beginner Lesson #5

2017-05-23T16:45:50-04:00 June 28th, 2012|

The Beginner Lesson is available to FREE Members. This one is a bit tricky. Continuing with learning to sharpen your tools, we will get better acquainted with the second most frequently used tool, the v-chisel or "parting tool".

  • Lesson Contents: single episode, Guide to Beginner Lessons, Basic Tool List, Guide to Sharpening a V-chisel
  • Skill Level: Beginner
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  1. Jon Stern March 23, 2015 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    What is the recommended hardness of Arkansas slipstone? Hard vs soft?

    • Mary May March 24, 2015 at 8:57 pm - Reply

      You can use soft Arkansas stones for more aggressive sharpening, but use hard Arkansas stones for final sharpening. Surgical black or translucent are the best and are the hardest, but they can get quite expensive. It is also best to use hard Arkansas stones for slip stones.

  2. Don January 24, 2017 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    I cannot believe that I finally understand how to sharpen a V tool!!!!
    I’ve watched at least 3 other videos and never could understand how to do the middle. Your method of teaching it is great something complex before became very easy to understand. Thanks so much Mary, I’m a very happy student of yours.

    • Mary May January 25, 2017 at 11:49 am - Reply

      Really glad you are enjoying the lessons. Happy Carving!

    • Bob Strand September 30, 2019 at 2:49 pm - Reply

      I’m getting a rounded edge with a little tip on the bottom of my v tool when trying to sharpen. Grrr.

      • MaryMay October 2, 2019 at 5:31 pm - Reply

        Keep rounding the outer corner as if it were a tiny, curved gouge and that little tip will slowly go away. The outside radius of the tool needs to match the inside radius. It’s very subtle, so be patient. Thing grasshopper… wax on, wax off…

  3. Bob Hachmann April 18, 2017 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the great lesson! Looking at a tool with multiple cutting edge surfaces is a sharpening challenge, you have cleared process up for me. Thanks!

    • Mary May April 18, 2017 at 2:15 pm - Reply

      You’re welcome!

      It can be tricky. Just take your time and just follow the step by step process.

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