Chisels are extremely handy tools used to cut or carve hard materials such as stone, metal, and wood. Some of the specific uses of sharp chisels include cutting angles, carving out designs, smoothing rough surfaces, and chopping out corners for mortices and dovetail (joints). Indeed, they are highly useful in both woodworking and masonry and sometimes even at home.
The thing is, many people think that chisels are ready to go once they buy them. Usually, however, they weren’t sharpened enough to be used on really hard materials. They were simply made with a beveled edge and thus need to be sharpened still.
There are several ways to sharpen a chisel. You can do it by hand or by using a sharpening jig. You can sharpen it using oilstones or with diamond stones. You can even sharpen the chisel further by using a leather strop. Watch this video if you are aiming for just a simple method using a few materials.
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