Wood Carving V-Tool Chisel

The V Tool's cutting edge is best sharpened in the horizontal position (with the wheel rotating away from the user). This reduces the steel removal rate, and allows for easier sharpening of the edge to the right profile, as it is not too fast.

Guidelines shown below are for the cutting edge angles. Since the entirity of this blade's cutting surface is honed, no secondary / micro bevel is given (as with Bench Chisels).

The angle (β) is the grind angle for both cutting edges (ground first), and the keel (ground last).

Smaller tools Tormek SVS-38 or SVS-32 Short Tool Jig may be appropriate. It is used in a similar manner.
Shorter tools You may need to use a standard, off-the-shelf collar to guide the sharpening process. Most hardware stores carry these, or you can order one such as part number 9414T9 (7/16 inch) or 57485K68 (10 mm) from McMaster-Carr. Note : You will probably need to replace the set screw with a longer one.

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Use the Projection Calculator to set the projection and USB distance from the grindstone. This calculator is web-based and does not require Excel.

General Guidelines
Material β Notes Recommended
Tormek Jig
Hand Work Mallet Work
Softer woods 15°
For softer woods like bass or tupelo, this works well.

SVD-186 R
Harder woods 20°
For harder woods like oak, this works well.

Notes & Comments

Information regarding Grindstones

The shape of the grind used is a call best made by the tool's use, based on their own experience. Additional notes are available on separate web pages for Grind Profiles, and Micro / Secondary Bevels.

If you want to grind a flat bevel on the edge and you are using a Tormek, watch the video below on using the Tormek MB-100 Muti Base and the one on using the Tormek MB-102 Multi Base. The SVD-186R Gouge Jig works well with the MB-100 and the MB-102.

I'm not a fan of this approach as it seems quite complicated; however it is an option.

Carving edges are typically not reground. It is usually done only when needed to reshape them, or repair a problem with the edge. More commonly, the edge is simply honed on the leather wheel.

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Remember : The goal of sharpening is to produce sharp tools, and these tools can injure you if mishandled. Safety measures should be followed to protect yourself and those in your shop. Be sure to read and follow all instructions from the manufacturer, and and utilize proper safety equipment. Never consume alcohol or anything that could impair your judgement before sharpening tools, or using sharp tools. Comments can be sent via eMail to me at SharpeningHandbook@Gmail.com.