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post #1 of 5 Old 09-21-2017, 01:38 PM Thread Starter
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hand pressure for sharpening blades

One thing I can't learn from watching videos about sharpening (chisels, plane irons) is how much pressure to use. Do I want to bear down on the blade or go lightly and let the grit do the work?
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When I am using a coarse stone to take off a lot of metal I tend to bear down more. However, I would never consider it heavy pressure. For the final honing stage I prefer light pressure.

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Just enough to get the grit of the stone to bite into the steel. It doesn't take much force at all, maybe 5-10lbs if I had to put a number on it

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Thanks for the replies. Now I just have to get a decent stone. I do a pretty good job of sharpening with what's available, about 4 inches broken off from a Norton India Stone--sort of a pain to work with--that my dad gave me a long time ago.
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Go lightly and let the grit do the work. The most important things to remember are:

* Flatten the backs of blades and chisels.
* Be very careful to hold the blade/chisel at a consistent angle as you work on the bevel side. I use an inexpensive honing guide for that. They are common. If you use a honing guide, take your time to set the exact angle you want.
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