Sharpen A Splitting Axe After Every Use For Cleaner Cuts In The Field

Axes are durable tools, but to perform at their best, the blade (or "bit") must be kept sharp. Here's how to maintain that edge using basic tools.

Axe and hatchet blades can wear down after just one or two sessions of wood splitting. Sharpening the blade is a DIY process that requires a handle, a file card (to clean the file), and a sharpening stone. A bench vice with soft jaws (to protect the wood handle) is also handy to keep your axe stationary as you file it.

Check out the link below for the proper technique when using your file and sharpening stone, and see the video above for the process in action. If you are still in the sharpening mood, read up on the right way to sharpen knives too.

How to Sharpen an Axe [Wranglerstar]


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