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Is there a chart that that could tell a new guy the proper angle (+/- a few degrees) to sharpen all of your individual tools?

I realize that some of you must vary a little to suit your own needs, but I sure would like some "rule of thumb" guidelines to go by.

Thank you
Dick
 

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No, there is no chart, anywhere.
You need to decide how much steel has to be behind the edge, to support it, in the task.
As examples, a general kitchen prep chinese cleaver is 15 - 20 degrees. A bone cleaver is 40 degrees. Stop by. I'll show you.

For wood carving, my detail and crooked knives are 12 degrees. Through 20 for european style tools to 25 for skews, 28 for spokeshaves, 30 for my planes and 40 for my "knot-busting" carving chisels.

My advice? Figure it out yourself for what you need. But, I guess you saw that coming, huh?
 

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As usual, this forum has come through for me again.

Alot of useful information for me. As some of you have mentioned, when I gain experience, I'll be able to "tweak" these angles a little to suit my own taste....but at least now, I have a starting point.

Thankyou very much.
Dick
 
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