Not something only the professionals know: axes will last longer if cared for and stored correctly. It is easy to preserve the sharpness of tools with the right expertise and very little effort.
As axes, hatchets and splitting hammers are striking tools, it is inevitable that scratches and dents should develop over time. The sanding and sharpening stone (OX 33-0200, grain 120/320, RRP € 20.78 including VAT) by OCHSENKOPF are ideal for sharpening tools with mainly flat blades, such as axes and hatchets.
Little is more annoying – or more tiring – when working in the garden or forest than a blunt axe. These instructions will show you how to get an axe really sharp in just four steps using the sanding and sharpening stone:
First of all, moisten the sharpening stone with water, which is the ideal abrasive for coarse sharpening. Alternatively, petroleum can be used for normal and thin fluid oil for fine sharpening.
Use the side with the coarse grain (120) for pre-filing, and then the fine side (320) for the fine polish. The blade should always be worked evenly on both sides in order to retain the original shape of the tool. Ideally, use the edges of the sanding stone to prevent it from becomingmisshapen over time. Turn the stone regularly during the grinding process, and remove any residues as they could damage the blade.
After fine polishing, use a leather strap to complete the process. It is essential that you draw the leather away from the blade.
To finish, apply anti-corrosion oil all over the axe head with a soft cloth, allow it to be absorbed – and you're done!