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  • #16

    Re: Chisel & Plane Blade Sharpening Freehand - Any Success?

    Since I put a hollow grind on the bevel with the grinder it sits flat on the bench stone for sharpening. Makes it easy to take a few stokes with each grit to get a nice edge. Touchup is easy too until there is less and less of the hollow. Then another quick grind and the hollow is back. So far I haven't had the urge to get any honing guides but don't rule it out in the future.
    Pete

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    • #17

      Re: Chisel & Plane Blade Sharpening Freehand - Any Success?

      I sharpen freehand. I struggled a bit until I realized (as others have noted) that you MUST create a burr with your coarsest stone/paper/diamond to prove that you're grinding right to the edge. Then subsequent sharpening on finer media will refine that edge to sharp.
      (I might get away without doing this if just touching up a blade I've recently sharpened sharp myself, but never on a new-to-me or dull blade)
      KenL and nnieman like this.

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      • #18

        Re: Chisel & Plane Blade Sharpening Freehand - Any Success?

        Take a look at the Paul Sellers approach - he doesn't do a hollow grind with a micro bevel, he essentially embraces the natural movement of the arms/wrists and does a cambered edge. it works just fine. I based my entire sharpening equipment and approach on this video and it works incredibly well... even down to using windex as a lapping fluid!

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GN4yr7vp4I4
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gE4yVgdVW7s

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