A bevel is an edge which has been given
a slope between 1 - 89 degrees.
A bevel at angle below 45 degrees is sometimes referred to as a 'Shallow Bevel'.
A bevel at angle above 45 degrees is sometimes referred to as a 'Deep Bevel' or 'Steep Bevel'.
Bevels are often seen on woodwork, stonework, glass and mirrors.
A prime example where bevels are often used are on the edge(s) of frames.
A bevel is often used to give a piece of work a more attractive appearance.
All edge tools have a bevel (sometimes two bevels) in order to create
a sharp edge.
It is where the slope of the bevel is at its finest / thinnest point which creates the cutting edge.
So all chisels, gouges, plane blades, axes, billhooks, drawknives and every other edge tool has a bevel.
Another reason for certain tools being given a bevel is for clearance
reasons to allow the user to access as far in as possible to create
a cut - this can be seen on bevel edge blades such as bevel edge
The final main reason a tool may have a bevel may purely be for decorative reasons.
A 'Bevel Edge' in effect is the same
as a bevel however the term 'Bevel Edge' usually specifically relates
to a type of woodwork blade where the blade has three bevels, the most
common use of the term being a 'Bevel Edge Chisel'.
Another example of a bevel edge blade is a blade for a rebate shoulder plane or a bullnose plane although the term is seldom used in the title of these blades.
A 'Chamfer' is a symetrical 45 degrees bevel cut along a previously 90 degree edge whereas a bevel is an angled cut at an edge to give a slope at an angle anywhere between 1 - 89 degrees however most typically used with an angle below 45 degrees.
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