Hand Tools Archive
In my experience, a scorp is a hard tool to get the hang of but when you do it is very enjoyable to use. It works best with a slicing cut. In other words, don't pull it straight back towards you with your hands straight across from one another. In my case, I prefer to have my right hand lead the left hand. It also is very important to work with the grain, so if you are hollowing a bowl, on the right side of the bowl, the right hand would lead but on the left side of the bowl, your left hand should lead.
The bevel should be fairly low, similar to a drawknife. 20-25 degrees works for me. Also, an out cannel bevel is easier to sharpen than in cannel, something to consider before you change it.