New leather scraper made in my workshop. The scraper is used to smooth shoe edges, heels and remove the grained surface from the leather outsole. This tool is essential in the bottom finishing process for refined shoemaking.
It works in the same way like broken glass.
The scraper comes sharpened on both curved sides. The work result depends heavily on the leather quality. The stronger the leather and the higher the density of the leather, the easier it will be to scrape off the leather.
It needs sharpening from time to time. Therefore you need a file, grinding stone and a honing steel. Sharpening the scraper basically consists of two steps. In the first step, the old worn burr is removed. In the second step, a new burr is created.
A honing steel can be ordered in my shop. Made with a fine cherry wood handle and stainless steel ferrule.
First, the scraper is clamped in a vice so that it faces the body. To do this, clamp the scraper blade between 2 pieces of wood to avoid damaging it. Using a fine file, the edge is filed at a right angle in even strokes in one direction so that the old burr is removed. When filing, a new burr forms. This must now be removed. To do this, the scraper is ground on both sides on a wet grindstone until the burr is completely removed. Both edges of the blade are now absolutely square.
The scraper is clamped back into the vice. A new burr is now created with the honing steel. To do this, the honing steel is held horizontally with both hands. Please oil the honing steel a bit. The honing steel is now pulled towards the body under slight pressure. This is repeated 3-5 times. The size of the burr is not important for a good work result. A small burr is enough.
If you have any questions or special needs, please ask.