Who you callin’ “Ol Bastard”?!

I have a sample of the “Ol Bastard Jig Sharp Scraper” and find it a clever solution to the problem of keeping a paint and flooring scraper sharp. The scraper is a well-designed, ergonomic version of the paint scraper that I used to prep a house for paint.

The Ol Bastard at work

That seemingly endless job included frequent resharpening of the scraper blade, a necessary task that helps keep the job from being truly endless. This is the good part about this innovative tool. It is integrated with a sharpening fixture that files the edge without removing it from the handle.

The scraper slides on the rod for quick, accurate sharpening on the captive file

The scraper handle has a groove (white plastic in photo above) that rides the rod in the sharpening fixture which holds a file. The angle of the edge to the file is proscribed and the edge is filed sharp with a few quick strokes. Clever.

This scraper won’t replace your #12 or your hand/card scrapers for furniture work. But when you’re stuck prepping for paint or refinishing a floor, this tool combo should keep things moving along.

Lots more info at Ol Bastard’s website.

About Ron Hock

Owner of HOCK TOOLS (.com) and author of "The Perfect Edge, the Ultimate Guide to Sharpening for Woodworkers"
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