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Sharpening corner chisels

Started by ear3, December 06, 2017, 09:36:06 PM

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I searched the Forum for "corner chisel" but couldn't find anything, so thought I'd start a new thread.

Anyone try sharpening corner chisels on the Tormek and have any advice about proper methods?  Unlike a V-Chisel, the bevel is on the inside corner rather than the outside, which would seem to make it a more difficult proposition.  I just recently got a corner chisel to add to my hand tool kit, and haven't needed to resharpen it yet, but that day will come sooner than later.


Welcome to the forum. Here are a couple of previous threads:

A couple of YouTube videos:

   In the second one, it was mentioned that the initial grinding was done with a wet grinder. No further information was given. As one of the comments said, it would have been nice if more info had been given in regard to the grinding.


In Leonard Lee's book, The Complete Guide to Sharpening, he has some good information on these.  Summary is that you'll have to do it by hand.  And, he states,
QuoteThese are truly the chisels from hell when it comes to sharpening. I used to think that sharpening a V-tool used in carving was difficult, but it is child's play compared to doing a first-class job on a corner chisel.

And he ended with this note
QuoteBut realistically, if you get two straight edges that cut well, just leave the thing alone.

Good luck,
Rich Colvin - a reference guide for sharpening

You are born weak & frail, and you die weak & frail.  What you do between those is up to you.


Thanks for the info.  This will come in handy when I eventually need (and work up the courage) to sharpen the thing.


Quote from: RichColvin on December 07, 2017, 03:22:18 AM
QuoteBut realistically, if you get two straight edges that cut well, just leave the thing alone.

That's kinda funny... but at the same time, a good philosophy to follow in all sharpening!  :D
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Ken S

I must be getting agreeable in my old age. First CB, and now Rich. Humor aside, I remember the chisels from hell quote Rich mentions. If, by chance, you do not already own a copy of Leonard Lee's Sharpening book in your personal reference, you should. I would also order his sharpenig DVD. The information is solid and well presented. Plus, I find his humor delightful. I regret having never met Leonard Lee. I have always thought very well of him and Lee Valley.