Some years ago I wrote a brief tutorial about
I have had a few enquiries on the subject recently, so I thought I would take the opportunity to add an update.
These little blighters need to be kept super sharp, especially when finishing a carving.
You can get your knife super sharp by employing a few bits of Wet 'n' Dry.
( silicon carbide )
Give Matthew a call at
He'll sort you out with any questions.
At the moment I'm using a couple of different grit sizes.
P 1000 and P 1200
These seem to work for me.
I use hooks made from Silver steel and 52100 Bearing steel, very tough.
I also have a piece of leather, it's suede, probably not as good as smooth leather for this job, but again, it works.
I have a dowel that can be wrapped with either the silicon carbide or the leather.
I can fettle the internal part of the hook using the dowel.
And then, with the leather and some stropping compound, polish up.
Use a strip of silicon carbide on a flat board for the external.
And then strop.
With a bit of practice I now manage to get my hooks scarily sharp.