Creating the cap iron bolt bed rebate, refining the
abutments, tuning the "wear", and selecting boxwood handle
In order to test "in the raw" the final throat tuning steps are
necessary. The two critical steps are opening the mouth leading
edge to allow shavings to pass and also creating the slopes
towards the wear on the abutments.
The Veritas PM-V11 steel in these chisels took a battering
today. Cutting a rebate in rock hard English boxwood by chopping
and chipping is a real test.
The edge stayed sharp and crisp.
I smoothed the floor with a blunt chisel.
I think I will be buying more of these chisels. I honed again at
end to clean up but I didn't really need to. Honing took
The Ashley Iles 1" chisel is perfect for paring
the slope of the abutments to the wear.
The sharpness of this edge allows thick paring as indicated by
the beautiful curl!
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