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1Fastrider
11-14-2011, 2:19 PM
Suggestions to easily sharpen? Simple sharpening stone?

thenodnarb
11-14-2011, 2:51 PM
A wheel grinder. http://www.northerntool.com/images/product/images/143388_lg.jpg

Reconsnake
11-14-2011, 3:12 PM
From the instructions of my axe:

"Use a double cut file (rasp) to get the edge you want, then use a single cut file to make it razor sharp. Never use a grinder, it takes out the temper in the steel."

wjc
11-14-2011, 3:12 PM
You really shouldn't use a wheel grinder. It can heat the metal enough to ruin the temper of the metal.

A file and a sharpening stone is enough for an axe.

wjc
11-14-2011, 3:12 PM
From the instructions of my axe:

"Use a double cut file (rasp) to get the edge you want, then use a single cut file to make it razor sharp. Never use a grinder, it takes out the temper in the steel."

ahh, you beat my post by mere seconds. :D

colddeadhands
11-14-2011, 3:16 PM
+1 for no grinder.

I use a single cut file. I make sure to touch them up when im done and dont let them rust.

Full Clip
11-14-2011, 3:23 PM
What to use for sharpening an axe?
The skull of a fallen enemy, of course.

thenodnarb
11-14-2011, 3:29 PM
you can use a grinder without removing temper.:rolleyes: When I sharpen my chisels or turning gouges or when I want to put a new edge on a chisel, I go to the grinder first, then to the stones. all my chisels are hardened. Just don't be an idiot, don't grind to much(which builds up heat) and use oil to cool it down if it needs it. If its just dull, sure you can sharpen it on a stone, but its gonna take some time. An axe is a fairly inexpensive, somewhat disposable tool. You want to put on edge on fast and get back to work. My chisels and gouges cost a whole heck of a lot more than an axe.

wjc
11-14-2011, 3:49 PM
you can use a grinder without removing temper.:rolleyes: When I sharpen my chisels or turning gouges or when I want to put a new edge on a chisel, I go to the grinder first, then to the stones. all my chisels are hardened. Just don't be an idiot, don't grind to much(which builds up heat) and use oil to cool it down if it needs it. If its just dull, sure you can sharpen it on a stone, but its gonna take some time. An axe is a fairly inexpensive, somewhat disposable tool. You want to put on edge on fast and get back to work. My chisels and gouges cost a whole heck of a lot more than an axe.

You've never seen my dad try to sharpen something. :D

Chisels flaming bright red/orange under the grinding wheel...flames shooting from the molten axe head. I'd grab whatever he is sharpening and hand him a file and a dirty look.

1Fastrider
11-14-2011, 4:49 PM
Thanks all for the quick help and Full Clip for the laugh. :D

chknlyps2
11-14-2011, 7:03 PM
you can use a grinder without removing temper.:rolleyes: When I sharpen my chisels or turning gouges or when I want to put a new edge on a chisel, I go to the grinder first, then to the stones. all my chisels are hardened. Just don't be an idiot, don't grind to much(which builds up heat) and use oil to cool it down if it needs it. If its just dull, sure you can sharpen it on a stone, but its gonna take some time. An axe is a fairly inexpensive, somewhat disposable tool. You want to put on edge on fast and get back to work. My chisels and gouges cost a whole heck of a lot more than an axe.

^^^ I agree 100% and if you want to go a little bit further use a beld sander (stand up type) for the last few passes..... keep it cool and you will be fine!

HIG541
11-14-2011, 8:36 PM
+1 on the double cut rasp. part of my job entails sharpening axes with them. also, don't sharpen it too much. you don't want a razor sharp edge on axes.

swilson
11-14-2011, 9:43 PM
Depends how dull it is. I'd use the grinder for really rough sharpening if necessary, and then a belt sander to finish it up. That's how I just sharpened my hatchet, and I also use my belt sander with 80 grit to sharpen my chisels on the job and they're good for both rough (structural) and finish carpentry.

Like others said just don't burn the hell out of it.

XDseb
11-15-2011, 6:58 AM
Heres a pretty good video on how to do it with hand tools (file, stone)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIZBwT-VDBY

ocmsrzr
11-15-2011, 7:18 AM
Dremel tool...best tool ever designed to mess up your other tools with. :-)

FatCity67
11-15-2011, 2:05 PM
http://www.accusharp.com/

Sanderhawk
11-15-2011, 3:10 PM
I use a hand file and a dremmel. The combination works well. Lightly useing the dremmel doesn`t heat up the metal. I have done it this way for 25 yrs and i`m still useing the same axe.

OHOD
11-15-2011, 4:42 PM
+1 on the double cut rasp. part of my job entails sharpening axes with them. also, don't sharpen it too much. you don't want a razor sharp edge on axes.

^^^This.
When Pa sent me out back to chop wood, we would sharpen the axe with a file. One time I got the axe razor sharp and he got mad at me :D

I've found that if you keep a file with you while chopping wood, give it a few licks with the file once in a while and you'll be good to go. :thumbsup:

OHOD
11-15-2011, 4:47 PM
+1 on the double cut rasp. part of my job entails sharpening axes with them. also, don't sharpen it too much. you don't want a razor sharp edge on axes.

^^^This.
When Pa sent me out back to chop wood, we would sharpen the axe with a file. One time I got the axe razor sharp and he got mad at me :D

I've found that if you keep a file with you while chopping wood, give it a few licks with the file once in a while and you'll be good to go. :thumbsup:

Tom Slick
11-15-2011, 4:49 PM
A bench grinder will create a concave "hollow grind" edge which is the opposite of what you want on an ax. A slightly convex shape is more durable.

97F1504RAD
11-15-2011, 4:53 PM
Here you go this is a link for a machete but it still applies and they sell the tools needed.

http://www.machetespecialists.com/mash.html

XDseb
11-16-2011, 8:42 AM
another great video on how to do it...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHmTLDG5aSg&feature=player_embedded#!