|Sharpening Handbook - Carving Knives||
Because sharp enough
... usually is not.
Guidelines shown below are for Included Angles (⍺).
CB's USB Projection Calculator is recommended for calculating setup for Tormek knife jigs. (The simpler Projection Calculator is also still available.)
||Could be up to 25º included angle.|
||Can go smaller or greater, depending on need.|
Some carvers do not like to use a carving knife with concave grinds. They have reported that honing the knife on flat stones (or the side of the SJ wheel) works best. The image to the left shows an exaggerated view of this beside a Scandi grind and a micro bevel grind.
Many carvers do not like to use a carving knife with a micro bevel grind. Their argument is that it does not give them a bevel for anchoring the cut. That is a call best made by the individual carver, based on their own experience.
Online Calculators that can be used for sharpening knives.
Research Articles, Other Information, and some Final Thoughts.
It is a common, but quite bad, practice of drawing the newly sharpened knife edge through a piece of wood or some other media to “rip off” the remnants of the burr. When this is done, the ripped off metal builds up on the front of the slice, and you then drag the rest of the edge through this crud. This crud, together with breaking off of ledges of material along the edge, will roughen the edge and worsen sharpness.
The following scanning electron microscope (SEM) images show the burr on a knife in the 1st image, that was then “ripped off” by cutting cross-grain into a piece of redwood in the 2nd image – loss of the sharp edge is obvious.
Key take-away from these photos : don't skip the honing step.
|Edge Geometry by Hewn and Hone|
|Jeff Farris - Knife Sharpening with Tormek|
|Steve Bottorff - Using Tormek Knife Jigs|
|Tormek Knife Jig SVM-45|
|Tormek Long Knife Jig SVM-140|
|Tormek Small Knife Holder SVM-00|
|Tormek AngleMaster WM-200|
|Herman Trivilino showing the use of a platform jig|
|Knife Grinders showing sharpening of knives with convex curves|
|Knife Grinders showing sharpening of knives with concave curves|
|Knife Grinders showing how to mounting the pin pivot collar on your knife jig
Pin Pivot Jig
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