Sharpening an Axe

   10.21.19

Sharpening an Axe

Here’s a short video about how to sharpen an axe. Like all sharpening, it’s not complicated to sharpen an axe, but there are right and wrong ways to do anything.

An axe is a beautiful tool. It deserves to be treated with respect. Be nice to your axe.

From files and oil stones to belt grinders and polishing wheels, this guy covers the basics in less than 8 minutes. He also provides tips on filing steel, cleaning files, and making sure you don’t get your axe head too hot if you use power tools.

He advises users of power tools to sharpen their axes bare-handed so they can touch the edge often to make sure it’s not getting too hot. Personally, I prefer to wear gloves to protect my hands from clumsy mistakes, and use water frequently to ensure the steel is cool.

Enough talk; enjoy the video.

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