Sharpening the Swivel Knife: Methods for Smooth Control

Sharpening the Swivel Knife: Methods for Smooth Control


Control of the Swivel knife is fundamental to all decorative work with leather.  Attendees will learn to properly sharpen and strop their knives.  Instructor Gordon Andrus will work with each student to adjust their knives to reduce muscle and joint fatigue and allow for the greatest control of the tool.  He will show you how to free yourself up to move better and make smooth flowing cuts.  Emphasis will also be placed on making cuts of any length that fade from full width to whisper thin over the full length of the cut.  Also covered will be, making push cuts, avoiding undercuts, and practice exercises for improving finish cuts.

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All Skill Levels Welcome

Cameras are welcome

Students should bring:

  • Three ring binder

  • Swivel knives, blades, sharpening guides, stones, and strops

  • A sharpening kit, knives and blades can be purchased from Gordon's website.

Saturday, November 2nd, 2019: 8am—12pm