How Do You Sharpen Wood Carving Tools?

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How Do You Sharpen Wood Carving Tools?

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Wood-carving tools must stay sharp enough to cut through wood easily for your safety and the success of your carving project. Sharpen your tools often, more so if you carve daily. You should also protect your knife by keeping it dry and in a leather pouch. This will keep the blade from chipping or breaking in a fall. Even if barely used, it’s important to keep your wood-carving tools sharp. Use sharpening stones and strop to sharpen wood-carving knives; they are often called ceramic stones, Japanese wet stones, diamond hones or Arkansas wet stones. Ceramic stones are often the best option because they don’t require any lubricants and are small and easy to carry. Choose one method of sharpening the knife and stick with it so that the angle and type of sharpness obtained stays the same on the knife. Lay the knife’s blade on the flat edge of the stone (use a brown stone in this step). Raise the blade just slightly at the back end (about 10 degrees). Create a tight edge on your knife (good

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