How to sharpen a
Crooked, Hook or Bent knife
Wood carving Knives by Cariboo Blades
First clean up the back of the blade. Place the back of the blade flat on your stone. You are not trying to take off much material.
Firmly press the blade onto the stone with your fingers keeping it true. Flat on the stone. Some of The hooks on our knives are hollow ground on the back so you just want to get any the burr off and not take the aggressive edge off.
Begin to drag the blade back, right side edge down the stone on a 60 degree angle. Begin pivoting the end of the handle up so that the hook curve follows on the stone and you sharpen the entire edge.
Lightly shave the rock while keeping your blade firmly pressed flat. Pivoting the handle up and following the hook. Again, time your drag so the whole edge will make contact. Always keep pressure down against the stone with your fingers.
With each pass, shave the length of the stone following the hook until you come off the stone at the tip of the blade.
Repeat these actions for the left edge.
On a piece of dowel (eg. 35 cm of broomstick) tightly wrap a piece of 600 grit no - fill or wet/dry sandpaper so that you may clean it and re-use it over and over. Secure the paper onto the dowel with three staples. You can buy this type of sandpaper at any autobody shop.
(On dull or damaged blades start with a 220 grit wrap then 320, 500 etc...)
Begin with one end of the sanding dowel on the base of the edge and stroke outward, using the whole length of the sandpaper with each stroke on the whole length of the edge right to the tip and off. Continue stroking. This will create a burr on the back. Repeat step 1 just to take this burr off.
If you are removing material because of damage step 2 is where one does it.
The idea is to wear/sharpen the edge down from the top side (the inside), take the burr off and fine tune the edge from the back. Always stroke at the same angle.
Cone shaped stones are also an excellent choice to bring your edges flat after repeated sharpening and honings with dowel sticks.
Using contact cement, glue a piece of 5 or 6 oz leather around a 1.25 cm (1/2") dowel. Rub jeweler's rouge or a fine honing compound into the leather and strop the edge. Inside and outside. Folow the bevel on the inside and keep your blade flat for the outside hone.
This is an important step.
Tip: drill a hole in the handle of the dowel, hang it from your belt for a hone while your carving.
We use a long 12" (30cm) x 2 1/2" (6.25) combination 600 x 1000 grit. .
Anybody can sharpen a hook knife. Just as easy easier to sharpen as a straight knife. The tip will take a little special attention to get a needle sharp point or a slightly rounded razor edge. We build our knife blades flush to the handles on the backs which allows for much more control while carving and sharpening. We sculpt our blades from a high quality L6 carbon steel which is easy to sharpen.
Double bevelled hook/crooked knives made in British Columbia , Canada
Your edge is not getting sharp unless you can shave hair off your arm.
Please, if you have any questions e-mail us.