Testing Tool Sharpness Before Making That Cut

I was just about to make a fine detail cut with a tool I have not used in a while. I had second thoughts. What if this tool is not perfectly sharp? The cut will be cross grain and a dull tool would tear the wood fibers requiring me to re-carve the entire surrounding area. The point is, be sure you have a scrap piece of wood you can test your tools on first.

It turns out that the tool was sharp, but I'm still glad I checked first. Do you ever test your tools before making a cut?


  1. There is nothing worse than a dull tool. It can make a new carver quit and an old carver cringe.

  2. Exactly. If it does not make a sooth cut, it makes me cringe. Does that make me old?


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