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Grinding New Bevels


I am careful with my planes and chisels. I hone them often, but I do not grind new bevels. Should I change my sharpening practice?—Alan Saffron


Bob LaCivita replies: This depends. Some people sharpen by honing the entire bevel flat. This style of sharpening eliminates the need to grind but you have to hone a lot of metal off. Others grind and then hone a secondary angle. This method gives you a small edge to hone and over time, you will hone it back and then want to regrind as the honing surface gets larger and larger. I use the second method because I find it easier to keep my cutting edge square to the sides. The choice is yours.

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