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Razor sharp Tanto (chisel) edge on a sword...good or bad??

Discussion in 'Sword Discussion' started by SerenitySoldier, Jul 17, 2018.

  1. SerenitySoldier


    Mar 6, 2018
    So I have an unsharpened windlass falchion ( did not want to void the warranty) But now I want it sharp!!! I was going to get it done by a pro, I am still learning how to sharpen and that seems a little too much for me, but what if I just put a chisel edge on it?? I could definitely do that myself, but I'm not 100% sure on prose and cons. Is it possible to get a chisel edge as sharp as a beveled edge?? Or should I go pro and get a nice appleseed edge put on it, or maybe razor sharp isn't even neccessary ??
    Thoughts, comments, insights??
    Thanks much!!!
  2. DocJD


    Jan 29, 2016
    Equally sharp . The only difference is what happens when you cut . Chisels tends to push material differentially/asymmetrically to one side while the blade is pushed to the opposite . Play with a wood chisel to understand .

    Many Emerson tactical folders are made this way and commonly serrated knives are chisel ground . Mower blades , etc .

    I can't say how this would work for a sword or machete .
  3. Lapedog

    Lapedog Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2016
    Chisel edges can get just as sharp.
  4. DocJD


    Jan 29, 2016
    I would begin by learning to grind on scrap or something cheap that you don't have to worry about ruining . :)
  5. Richard338

    Richard338 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 3, 2005
    If you haven't ground any blades yet, it is very likely that you won't be too happy with how it turns out, even if you attempt chisel.
    My grinding is still slowly improving, but especially over the first 20 or so.
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  6. J W Bensinger

    J W Bensinger

    Mar 26, 2009
    I wouldn't recommend putting a chisel on something that's already a "v" geometry wise
    DocJD likes this.

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