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Tool Quality Evaluation And Correcting Carving Tool Geometry

The sharpening videos are great but they start with the assumption that the tools have no major flaws. They generally treat the subject as if the tools discussed have simply become slightly dull through use but are otherwise perfect. Many of us have previously used, possibly antique, or even new tools that are less than perfect in quality and shape and not just dull. Maybe the edge is skewed in relation to body of the tool, Maybe the corners have been rounded. Maybe there is significant concave or convex bevels or other common flaws in the shape due to improper sharpening or less than perfect manufacturing of otherwise wonderful tools. While proper stoning and stropping techniques will maintain properly shaped tools, many beginners often don't realize fatal or problematic flaws in tool geometry and how to correct them prior to final sharpening. While no one would reasonably expect you to cover all possible tool flaws and tool restoration, a video showing how to tell good tools from bad, identify and correct common tool geometry issues, geometry option (leading wings, rounded gouge noses, etc,) benefits/drawbacks, and how to evaluate sharpened tool test cuts for sharpening flaws would be greatly beneficial for beginners and experienced carvers alike. Many thanks for your fantastic videos and site.

Hi Michael,

Thats a great idea. I'll have to think about how I would do that.

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