How to Sharpen an Edge Beveler in 1 Minute!

We’ve sharpened many edge bevelers in our lives, but these simple techniques will give you great results every time!  The video shows clearly what I have difficulty putting into words, so please reference the video along with the steps listed below.  And as always, if you have any questions, please drop us a line or pop in and chat.  We’re happy to show you how to do this in person.

List of tools/materials:
– Edge Beveler
– 400 or 600 grit sandpaper
– Jeweler’s Rouge
– Metal dowel (same size as underside of edge beveler)
– Thin string (small enough to fit into edge beveler)
– Leather/jeweler’s rouge jig (hand-made, discussed below)

Step One:  Hold the sand paper over top of the metal dowel, and slowly pull the edge beveler along the dowel.  The point is to really get some sandpaper action onto the underside of the blade.  You can pull it between 4 and 10 times, but it likely won’t need more than that.

Step Two: Now you can move onto the piece of leather and jeweler’s rouge. As I mentioned above, we simply glued/epoxied a piece of 8 to 10 oz. leather on its side onto a piece of cardboard and applied some jeweler’s rouge to the leather.  This fits into the underside of the edge beveler and the “stropping” process helps remove any fine sandpaper lines.  This will really help in the long run, when you’re beveling a lot.

Step Three:  Finally, we used the little piece of string (also with jeweler’s rouge on it – that’s important) to polish the face side of the edge beveler.  The string only needs to fit into the edge beveler, so nothing too large or it won’t pull through.  You don’t want to sharpen this edge, but a good polish will really help it glide through the leather.

Notes on Edge Beveling:
You should be fine with a sharpened edge beveler for some time, but let the tool tell you.  You should never have to put too much effort into edge beveling – the tool should be sharp enough to do most of the work.  And often times, a simple strop (with the leather/jeweler’s rouge and the string/jeweler’s rouge) is all it needs before beginning a project.

Make sure to keep the edge beveler as a good 45 degree angle on the side of the leather, and keep the blade/foot flush with the leather.  You’ll be able to tell by your results if you’re holding it incorrectly.  It should never mark the leather, only remove a tiny strip.  If you’re marking the leather, see which part of the tool is marking it and adjust accordingly.

Thanks for checking us out! We’re always happy to answer any questions.

Tundra Leather
August 15, 2018