Curved Scraper Sharpening

Curved Scraper Sharpening

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Struggling to get a good burr on your curved scraper? Paul shows how he does it step by step.


  1. Juan-M on 13 June 2014 at 9:19 pm

    How about a video on making the Sellers Curved Burnisher? 🙂 I haven’t really used scrapers yet, but the more I look at my Crown burnisher hanging on my wall the more cumbersome and bulky it appears. I’m not sure why they made it so long. I wonder if there is a way to cut it down shorter (being hardened steel and all).

    • Juan-M on 13 June 2014 at 9:20 pm

      I forgot to say thank you for the excellent video. 🙂

  2. david o'sullivan on 14 June 2014 at 1:40 am

    always want to know why the burnisher had a curve .you learn somthing new every day.
    another great lesson thanks

  3. aruumac on 14 June 2014 at 1:48 pm

    I use the back of a chisel to burnish my flat scraper. I’m wondering if I should try using the round part of the neck where it is a little more concave.

    • kmk1 on 14 June 2014 at 4:02 pm

      Hello Roy.
      Not sure where you live, but I found a curved burnisher rather similar to Paul’s on an art supply website in the US called Blick. It cost about US$9, and the web page is They have larger and smaller ones as well.
      Hope this helps.
      Kind regards,
      Ken Kuhlmey

      • Juan-M on 16 June 2014 at 8:38 am

        I’ve seen this in my local Blick’s too. But I’ve wondered about their hardness, and how well they work. Do you own one of these? To my knowledge these are used in printmaking somehow.

        • kmk1 on 16 June 2014 at 5:25 pm

          I’m not sure what it’s designed for. I stumbled upon it while accompanying my son to the shop for art supplies. I can tell you that I’ve used it on straight scrapers, and it seems to hold up to the steel well enough. For the price, it’s a lot handier than others I’ve seen for a lot more $$. I’d recommend trying it to see if it suits.

          PS- Blick’s have a lot of oddly- shaped knives and things that I’ve found useful for wood- destroying projects. 🙂

          Kind regards,
          Ken K.

    • Lynn Bradford on 26 March 2017 at 2:30 pm

      I personally use a Phillips screwdriver round shaft. Works for me.

  4. Michael van Zadelhoff on 23 June 2014 at 2:55 pm

    This video does not appear in the video library. Is there a reason for this?

  5. Betzalel on 29 December 2014 at 11:07 am

    just what i needed to know….What about concave scrapers?

  6. jeff novak on 25 January 2015 at 7:10 pm

    such good stuff. I thought I was doing darn good until I added the consolidating step shown in the other video. Wow, what an improvement in the cutting and the edges last so much longer. I’ve been using a high quality screwdriver with a round polished shank and it seems to do great and is nice for two handed use. Now I wonder if I should put a little bend in it as well??

  7. Lynn Bradford on 26 March 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Paul, if we are going to make our own card scrapers, what thickness of the steel should we look for when we order from McMaster-Carr, for instance? Wear-resistant 1095 Spring Steel?

    I would like to make some for my own use, but I’d like to buy the right stuff for wear and duability.

    Thank you for your woodworking videos!

    Ly nn

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