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I have some of those and whilst I raise an eyebrow at the prospect of, not only sharpening, but cutting with those so-called floats, cabinet-Makers' floats are a completely different animal and really do cut when both flat and sharp.
Rather I think that these seem to come in convex and concave form made-up in a beefy piece of steel - more akin to retaining heat and acting as a former of some kind.
Somewhere in the depths of the memory-bank is the notion that they were originally intended for workers in animal horn, though I could conceive of using them to form veneer onto a curved ground.
If you find out any more - please let me know.
If you consider the cornice of say, an Acadian Armoire for instance, they quite commonly have a rounded profile. The mouldings meet at a 90 deg angle. The intersection is then carved into a rounded profile making for a rounded moulding. For reproduction work I carve these with gouges but I am wondering if your floats would work for this given the radius?
While some relief would still make them work much better this has my wheels spinning. Any chance you could test this theory?
Something to ponder.