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Old 02-08-2009, 06:41 AM
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i was given a small hatchet about 1 1/2 years ago and i have used it a couple of times. it needs some t l c and needs to be sharpened. i have never sharpened an ax or hatchet before, is it the same as sharpening a knife or is there a different way it needs to be done? do use a stone or a file? does it matter what type of hatchet it is?
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I saw this posted on a gear blog, I know how to sharpen a axe but this taught me a few details I didn't know about.

http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/...232823/toc.htm

has lots of other good information on axes and hatchets to.
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Wow! That's a real ax abc.
You can't find any better instructions.
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I sharpen a hatchet the same way as a knife.
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I like a cross-cut file, if you get a hatchet too sharp you can roll the edge.
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I like a cross-cut file, if you get a hatchet too sharp you can roll the edge.
Meh. Too sharp, what's that?
I can shave the hair off my arm with my Fiskars and have never had a problem with edge roll or anything else regarding edge retention.
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I generally use my belt sander to sharpen my axes. The edge stays cool enough,and it won't take too much material off.Touch it up after with a finer stone.
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send it to me :D i will sharpen it though for 5,000,000 :D
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You need to start with a good ax. A poor quality ax can be very very difficult to sharpen without a power grinder.
Personal experiance: Don't buy one from Tractor Supply
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Default Just like TD 74,

I use the same stone on my hatchet, as I do my knives. Like he said, no such thing as too sharp. A dull knife or hatchet is where you get hurt.

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I saw this posted on a gear blog, I know how to sharpen a axe but this taught me a few details I didn't know about.

http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/...232823/toc.htm

has lots of other good information on axes and hatchets to.
wow, that answered my question! i never would have thought of going to forest service website. thank you very much for that link.
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I just use a bench grinder to get the general edge if it is really bad, then use a file for the final touch.
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Your ax should be as sharp as your knife -- assuming your knife is razor sharp.
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Your ax should be as sharp as your knife -- assuming your knife is razor sharp.
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I usually use a Dremel tool with a sanding drum to start and finish with stones. I can get a wickedly sharp edge this way.
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I use a belt sander. 60 grit and then smooth up with 220. Don't get the edge too thin or you may run into chipping easy.
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I use a glazers grinding wheel...works great...comes out very sharp and smooth...then i finish it up on the steel....just as if i was sharping my knife...
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I generally use my belt sander to sharpen my axes. The edge stays cool enough,and it won't take too much material off.Touch it up after with a finer stone.
Great idea. What level of belt grit do you use? Coarse, medium, fine?
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I think its 150 grit.Not too rough,not too fine.
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This was a good read, I have just been using a fine file to sharpen my hatchets, but I do have a large stone that I can hook up to a motor, its got a water trough that keeps the stone wet and will help keep the hatchet cooler also. Never thought about using it on the hatches, thanks for the thought, guess I was having a brain fart.
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