Innovative Card Scraper Techniques

Before making this latest video on scraper techniques, I looked at quite a few YouTube scraper sharpening videos.   I watched so many makers talk about their method for getting a good edge with interest.  All of them are going after the same thing but speak about it differently.  Those differences are important to hear and watch. Each will hit home differently and some will fit your approach more comfortably.  I also think that hearing similar techniques from different perspectives helps add dimension to one’s understanding.

I am not saying my techniques are better by adding my own voice to the mix, but that I want to help build your understanding of what scrapers can do when sharpened correctly.  This is true of all my videos and of the spirit in which I offer them.

As with any instruction on techniques, the best we can hope to do is to help you understand how and why something is done. You’ll need to set time aside to practice for the sake of skill development rather than getting a task done. Sharpen your scrapers daily whether they need it or not. Pay attention to the differences from one sharpening to another. What are you doing differently to cause those variables?  Practice consistently and practice consistency.  And have fun! You will eventually get results that will change the way you think about scraping.

These videos are a bit unpolished but, in the interest of getting these out to you during the pandemic, we are sharing them as is. I hope you find them useful.  Your feedback is appreciated and we hope you’ll let your friends know about them.
Stay healthy and creative!

11 thoughts on “Innovative Card Scraper Techniques”


    Another great video. This is the first time I’ve heard anyone talk about the work hardened edge. I’ve used the block and file method. You can clearly hear and feel the difference when the file is cutting and the hardened metal is gone. I like you deliberate approach to things. It’s good to know the purpose of the steps involved and what to expect in the results.

  2. Fantastic video on sharpening and using a card scraper. After watching this I am convinced that I have been applying too much pressure with the burnishing rod. Also, the alternate ways of using the scraper by laying flat, or almost flat against the wood. I am going back to the bench to try this right now.

  3. Awesome, thank you Brian. If my card scrapers could talk they would scream because I have been too brutal on them with the burnisher. We hope you keep doing these videos!

  4. Peter Sgorlon

    Excellent video. I have been sharpening over the side of a bench. I’m trying this method tomorrow!

  5. Richard J Garrow

    Hi Brian fantasic video, I like a few other folks have heard about the use of block, but I also have been applying to much pressure. I do have a question and I did ask it on IG as well. the width of the block does that have any bearing on the over way of doing it. I know the length would depend on the length of your scraper. Thank you for a great video.

    1. Here’s a reply from Brian, “No. I have never measured the block. It needs to allow you to press on the top edge of the scraper while stabilizing the edge against the stone. Size of stone and scraper determine what that balance. 2″x2″ should work for new scrapers.”
      Hope that helps!

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