Sharpening the awl and chisel

Sharpening

21.01.2020

I received some questions on sharpening or maintenance on the awl and chisel. I have sharpened or done maintenance on both before for my own use. The picture today and writing will only be to show. It is for sure possible to sharpen both to maintain the sharp and good abilities on the functions. I recommend only using a finer diamond stone or device. If you want to sharpen the awl you can follow the grinded part that is flat. It is important to maintain a flat motion and you can do it crosswise back and forth by using a medium pressure. If you can hold the SAK and hold the function open with one finger it is the best. Then take you use hand and do the motion crosswise. You can finish up with very light pressure lengthwise.

The burr on the awl will be removed when you use it

The chisel is also the best to maintain on a fine diamond stone. Even rather dull ones it is the best with a finer surface device. If you use a coarse side you will have to do a full stepwise work with coarse, medium and fine surface device. This is the case on the awl too. Diamond fine surfaces are so aggressive removing metal that if you are smart the fine device will do everything. When you sharpen the chisel you do it best by having the diamond device on the table, perhaps making sure it stay still. Doing maintenance on the chisel you use your use hand and put finger pressure on the chisel function and keep the angle and slide it forward or backwards. It is possible without practice that you will round it some. Use light pressure only and keep the angle and it will do the trick. You can do it. Most of the mistakes happen when people use pressure and coarse sharpening devices. The fine diamond surfaces are a blessing in deed. It will be some burr on the opposite side which your remove by using very light pressure with you diamond surface on that opposite side.  

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If you have a ceramic fine stone that can be used on the chisel after you have used the fine diamond one. It will polish and give it that extra superior ability. The best edge on a chisel in my opinion is very fine with a very smooth edge.

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Another tip when you do maintenance on the awl is to make sure that you avoid touching the tip. When you follow the edge and flat side just make sure to stop when you approach the very end, if you slip the tip could be rounded. If you follow my guide the tip will automatically become pointy and sharp.

 

16.04.2021 Swiza awl maintenance

The reamer, punch and sewing awl you find on Swiza knives can be used for many tasks. It is very good for things with leather. The tip and construction on this is not very strong on harder materials. It is very sharp and as mentioned it is very nice on leather and softer materials. Wenger had a few different types on their history and products until the end. The Swiza design is very different and it got some of the design you see on the 1961 Alox type but not similar.

If you need to sharpen or maintain the sharp edge on it:

It takes a long time before you will have to touch it up. When you do just use a fine diamond coated stone and follow the angle set on it. Then remove the little burr on the back of it. It is not necessary to have it razor sharp. You do not need more than a fine surface on this and only use light pressure. Try to preserve the tip on it. You follow the set angle the best you can and use both cross and lenghtwise motions. 

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23.04 | 10:04

Hi, thank you very much for question. There are some on ebay, the prices are high. I recommend groups on Facebook, from time to time they are there. BR

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23.04 | 09:36

https://www.sakhome.com/304372150

Where may I buy the above knife (old Wenger)? Thanks for your help.

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29.03 | 00:28

Hi, thank you very much for message. Yes please send pictures to TrondSAK@SAKhome.com. Best Regards Trond

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28.03 | 21:58

I have one with the capital V on Victorinox (1987), but the spring mentioned isn't there, and the date suggested is pre 1986.

Can I send some pictures to you?

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