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Sharpening Shortbent Gouges

There are 2 fundamentally different types of shortbent (spoon) gouges and they need to be sharpened somewhat differently...


| 23 January 2016 14:40

Tobias - Longbent gouges. Thanks for the suggestion, will do asap.

| 22 January 2016 18:27

William -The problem is that there isn't such a thing as a standard crank for a shortbent. 20 degrees is about what the 'wedge' should be but it's difficult to judge, really, it's a matter of the tool feeling right, feeling as if it cuts as if it were straight.

| 22 January 2016 16:08

I agree with Tobias; a long bent video would complete this appealing series.

| 22 January 2016 14:07

Any advice for long bent gouges please?

| 19 January 2016 16:09

With the grounding short bent, how do you judge the cutting angle of 20 degrees? I have resorted to gauging this by the length of the bevel, which is considerably longer than a stock Pfeil, for example.

| 19 January 2016 01:29

William - Have a look at the Sharpening section in the directory on the left and you'll see a video on chisel (and skew) sharpening. There is really no difference between widths except there's more metal to deal with and thus it takes longer with the wider ones.

| 18 January 2016 15:55

Still hoping for a video on chisel sharpening, especially for those 30mm and more.

| 16 March 2014 14:35

Chris - You can clean up the inside of a shortbent gouge with fine emery paper, or a fine slipstone coming in at a bit of an angle. You don't need to add an inside bevel as such but, yes, you do want to clean up any rust; you cannot have pitting encroaching on the cutting edge.

| 12 March 2014 21:11

Would you ever recommend doing anything to the inside of the shortbent gouge to touch it up? Say, for example that it was an older tool with a bit of rust? If so, how would you do this?

| 02 October 2012 03:05

William - That's a good suggestion and one we must address in the future. In the meantime, sharpen with a single bevel of 15-20 degrees on each side. You can sharpen them on benchstones - make sure they are flat - just like bench chisels.

| 01 October 2012 18:07

I'd like to see a video explaining how to deal with new chisels. Do you change the bevel angle on a brand new Feil chisel? If so, how to do it, especially on widths greater than 24 mm?

| 21 July 2012 11:48

Very informative. Technique is definetly key to sharpening. It's good to be reminded of this and see it practiced.

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