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 () 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.

Use the Projection Calculator to set the projection and USB distance from the grindstone.

General Guidelines
Material Notes
Hand Work Mallet Work
Softer woods 15°
For softer woods like bass or tupelo, this works well.
Harder woods 20°
For harder woods like oak, this works well.

Notes & Comments

Tormek Live Sharpening Class - Part 4 - Carving Knife & Carving Tools

Wolfgang and Sèbastian from Tormek go through the sharpening of carving knives and various carving tools such as v-tools, carving gouges and short wood chisels.

  • At about 53:00, there is a good discussion about sharpening V gouges.

  • At about 1:00:00, there is a good discussion about sharpening bent V gouges, and setup of the SVD-186R jig.
Alan Holtham - Tormek SVD-186 Gouge Jig
David Peters - Tormek SVD-186 Gouge Jig Review and Comparison to the 185
Sharpen gouges with the Tormek Gouge Jig SVD-185
Jeff Farris - Sharpening with the Tormek SVD-185 Gouge Jig
Sharpen short edge tools with the Tormek Short Tool Jig SVS-32
Tormek AngleMaster WM-200

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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.