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Leatherworking round/halfmoon knife - should the tips be sharp?

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Nicholas_Killmeier
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Hello,

I recently got an order for a leatherworking knife, the round or "half-moon" shaped knives.

I've never used one of these. Should the tips be sharp, or should they by rounded off a little for safety?

Thanks,

Nick

 
Posted : 21/05/2022 10:31 pm
Kevin R. Cashen
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Whether the ends of the bevels are pointed or rounded, it is very important that the edge is equally as sharp all the way to these ends for the knife to be useful for all purposes.  I, personally prefer them to come to a sharp and easy to sharpen point, which can also be used to start a defined cut in the center of leather, as I use the blade for any number of things beyond just skiving.     

 
Posted : 22/05/2022 9:52 am
Karl B Andersen
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I prefer mine sharp. Also, I buff my head knives before and after each use with green chrome. This is all the "sharpening" they should ever need. 

 
Posted : 23/05/2022 6:47 am
Nicholas_Killmeier
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Awesome thank you.

I kinda botched my first 2 prototypes, but I'm moving on to the third tomorrow I hope. I over-forged the first one at the T junction, then just had too many struggles with the grind on the second one.

These were considerably harder to grind than I thought they would be.

I'm just going to stick to files on the next one.

 
Posted : 26/05/2022 5:42 pm
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