Wood carving Knives by Cariboo Blades

Keep your stroke at the same angle every time.
Very lightly shave the stone with your hook knife keeping the blade flat onthe stone.
Move slowly and firmly. This method will work sharpening a crook knife as well
Try to keep the tip sharp with a little extra attention.
Stay with your edge on an angle as you finish coming off at the tip. A sharp fip on your hook is handy carving spoons.
This will bring your edge to a brilliants.
First clean up the back of the crooked knife 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 crooked blade 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 for sharpening your hook knife bringing your edges flat after repeated sharpening and honings with dowel sticks.
Using contact cement, glue a piece of 6 or 8 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. Follow 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.  .
You can sharpen a hook knife. Almost as easy to sharpen as a straight knife.  We build our knife blades slightly above flush to the handles. We make our blades from a L6 and 15N20 carbon steels recovered from lumber mill bandsaw.
Step 1
Step 2
Step 3  (a honing stick)
Double bevelled hook/crooked knives made in British Columbia , Canada
    How to make a crooked knife. click here.
Please, if you have any questions e-mail us.
Our crooked knives are handmade from L6 and 15N20 steel blades recovered from lumber mill bandsaw blade.
Using a crooked knife to carve a cherry wood seving spoon.
Our crooked knives are the best you can buy.

How to sharpen a Crooked Knife,
Hook or Bent knife