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#1 posted 11-24-2016 04:57 AM

The only reason to flatten the entire back is to make it pretty. I only worry about the bottom inch. Polishing the entire back will not make it any sharper. I would concentrate on the bottom inch on the back and the bevel on the front.

- Redoak49

I agree with this approach, with two possible exceptions: for doing very fine paring work, and in the case of a mortising chisel, where having a perfectly flat back helps the eye determine true vertical when chopping the ends of a mortise. But for ordinary chiseling around, what you have now will be fine.

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