I have reached the stage where i need to give my carving tools a good sharpening before i start on the mule deer project.
Been nervous about doing this to my pfeil chisels as i want to not only sharpen but ensure in the process i dont alter the shape. Besides them i have a set of hand chisels i picked up a year or so ago from woodcraft.
These are called Ramelson USA but i honestly doubt they were made in USA.
Anyway for the fun of it while i was in HF some time back i picked up a $10 chinese set of chisels. Oh boy u could see they were bad but here is what i thought.
Rob you can go to town on these and get to practice and worst case u wrecked $10 for school fees.
So i started out with these today to ease into the whole process. The edge on these things might just as well not have been put there. So i used my belt sander and ground a new one. Then proceeded to do my thing with a variety of stone and paper and strop sharpening.
Then i too a tool and tested it on bass wood end grain expecting to see the new edge curl up on me given i presumed the steel was junk for $10. But i was suprised. It holds an edge. Now the profiles are not spectacular but for practicing sharpening on they perfect.
Above u can see what the typical edge is like before and then after on one that i have sharpened and honed.
Now i randomly picked up one of the Ramelson ones to start on and look at what i found.
I have never touched this edge since purchase. But so much for it being any better.
I will fix this edge and put it right so its balanced on the tool but it does make it difficult for folks to know what to buy thats worth what you pay for them.
I know one is expected to attend to the edge of a new tool when one recieves it but you would at least expect a fighting chance with a decent grind of the intended profile.
So when u look at a pfeil and wonder where the money is well i say you get what u pay for with a pfeil swiss made quality tool.
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