Jump to content
I Forge Iron

Hand Filing Bevels


Recommended Posts

I am in the process of making my second knife. I am filing the bevels and I am having a hard time keeping them straight. They look rounded and uneven. I have already spent many hours filing but I cannot figure it out. I was wondering if there are any tips or tricks that I might find useful. Thanks

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Try draw filing.  Clamp your knife blank to a board, so the tip don't poke you in the belly, it does happen, then put the tang of the file in your left hand.  Pull the file towards you.  If you put the tang in your right hand you have to push, not pull.  But then that's not draw filing.  You can really hog some material in a short period of time this way.  With some practice, practice, practice, I've seen some very nice bevels made this way.  There just aren't any short cuts when it comes to hand filing.  Its all about technique and consistency.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I've found that using a really big magic marker on the filed surface will quickly help you to see where you are cutting and where you're not.  The marker dries fast so you can re-color the surface as often as you like.  Stopping more often will help ensure you're making things better- not worse.  


I've learned more about my own consistency watching how long it takes to fix a mistake using this method. 


One other thing not mentioned thus far is footwork.  I've found that not moving my feet while doing something that requires consistency is a huge help.  It doesn't matter if it's filing, archery, or rolling pie crust.  Keep your feet comfortably planted and it's impressive how much accuracy improves.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...