Asked by: Yuehua Viswanath
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How sharp should a chisel be?

Last Updated: 13th February, 2020

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At the factory, chisels are ground to a bevel of from 25° to 35°, but it's left up to you to put the final edge on it. Your new chisel is merely roughed in and ready for you to make truly sharp. For stringed instrument work, you need the keenest of edges.

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Then, what angle is a chisel sharpened at?

Standard bench and butt chisels are traditionally ground at the factory to 25°, and this is fine for most work, but the edge will last longer if you add a 5° microbevel to make a 30° cutting angle.

Additionally, what is a paring chisel? Paring chisels are light, long, thin, almost flexible chisels which are never malleted. They are used primarily for carefully shaving off thin amounts of wood when fitting joints. One hand on the handle pushes the chisel forward while the other hand, up front on the blade, guides the cutting action.

Considering this, can you sharpen chisels with sandpaper?

Using sandpaper to sharpen a chisel. While you can use a bench grinder or sharpening stone to sharpen a dull chisel, a piece of sandpaper on a flat surface can be used to get the job done, too.

Can you sharpen chisels on a bench grinder?

Sharpening your chisel can be simply honing your chisel regularly to keep the cutting edge razor sharp or sharpening your chisel on the bench grinder and then honing the chisel.

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Annelie Orion

Professional

How do you keep a chisel sharp?

You gotta stay sharp!
  1. Step 1: Sharpening. Flatten the bottom of the chisel by holding it flat to your sharpening stone and working it back and forth lengthwise on coarse, then medium, then fine grits.
  2. Step 2: Honing. After sharpening, honing brings the edge to a finer point.
  3. Step 3: Stropping.

Duguneh Markendaya

Explainer

What is the best bevel angle for a chisel?

Sharpen bench chisels with a 25° bevel angle for best results. If you want to add a microbevel (a thin, secondary edge right at the tip that makes touch-up honing easier), then go with 30° for O1 and 35° for A2. Paring chisels should be used only for hand-guided work, never struck with a mallet.

Cheng Mummertz

Explainer

What is the honing angle?

At its most basic, for any given angle, the finer and more polished the intersection of both flat surfaces, the sharper the edge. The cutting edge (or honed bevel) is usually a thin strip of polished steel at around 30° and it's this small area which is the focus of attention.

Anxel Abadiano

Explainer

Do new chisels need to be sharpened?

A new chisel has just one bevel, usually 25 degrees. But the tool should be sharpened at 30 degrees, which creates a new bevel. The 30-degree bevel is called the 'honing bevel'; you'll use a honing stone or sandpaper to create it. Grinding goes fast, but honing can be slow.

Darlene Terstegge

Pundit

What is a micro bevel?

Microbevel is a bevel which is super tiny and it makes your edge stronger. If done properly it should look like a hairline on your edge. Then deburr on other side with your normal angle. This will make your edge much stronger and will remove burr from normal sharpening.

Krista Wittmair

Pundit

What is the best tool sharpening system?

Comparing Sharpening Stones, Tormek T8 and the Worksharp WS3000 for Sharpening Woodworking Tools
Sharpening Stones Worksharp WS3000
Price $75 to $300 for a quality set $199.95
Plane Irons (bevel side) Yes Yes
Plane Irons (flatten the back) Yes Yes
Axe Yes Not recommended.

Elina OrbaƱanos

Pundit

How do you sharpen an AXE?

The first step in the axe sharpening process is to find the bevel angle on one side of the axe. Then, while matching the bevel angle, start pushing the heavy duty sharpener against the edge at the proper angle. Make sure to push against the edge and not pull into it, much like when knife sharpening.

Nadeem Linte

Teacher

What is a honing guide?

The Honing Guide is used in conjunction with either an oil, water or diamond sharpening stone to ensure the perfect cutting angle when restoring a cutting edge to straight edged chisels, bevel edged chisels and plane irons from 3mm to 67mm wide.

Rofaida Barre

Reviewer

How do you sharpen a chisel without a honing guide?

Sharpening Chisels Without Honing Guide
  1. Step 1: Sharpening Stones. You need some water or oil stones to get the chisel sharp.
  2. Step 2: Clear the Back. You start on the coarsest stone with the chisel's back.
  3. Step 3: Get It Sharp.
  4. Step 4: Polish.