Questions tagged [sharpening]

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Does rust matter on my wood carving knives if I sharpen them?

I've got an old set of wood carving knives, my wife's actually, and parts of the blades are pretty rusty. However, we have a sharpener for them. If I sharpen them, are they still safe to use? Or is ...
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How can I safely sharpen a small craft knife?

I have a small craft knife (almost like a scalpel, really) that's become rather blunt over the years. It's no longer safe to use because it's so blunt, so I need to sharpen it. What are the safest ...
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Is there an easy way to sharpen a wire loop carving tool?

I have some wire loop tools like this: I've found they're working wonderfully for carving plaster. Or, were. Now, the edges seem to be a but more blunt and taking too much pressure to remove ...
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Sharpener for Pastel and Charcoal Pencils

I'm having a big issue sharpening pastel and charcoal pencils. I've tried using a traditional pencil sharpener on pastel pencils but the lead keeps breaking. I've also tried using a razorblade and ...
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How do I keep from breaking charcoal pencil leads when I sharpen them with a knife?

I'm fairly good at sharpening graphite pencils with a knife using the technique in the answer in What is the proper way to sharpen a pencil? But I'm always breaking the points when I try to sharpen ...
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How can I sharpen a round leather punch?

I'm using leather punches to cut polypropylene film, but the round one isn't sharp enough to do a nice job. The film cuts nicely with a scalpel or scissors but I need 5mm discs (with a 3x2mm hole in ...
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What is the proper way to sharpen a pencil?

I wasn't aware that there could be a proper or improper way to sharpen a pencil till I read this (Keep pencil leads from breaking during transportation?): I sharpen my drawing pencils the "proper" ...