Sharpening my Axe

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  1. Skrap

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    So, i love my knives and axes. I take pride in keeping my hunting knives razor sharp, literally. A sharp tool is a safe and more effective tool. My wife got me a very nice Wetterlings axe for Christmas. What a great tool and the thing is shave worthy from the factory.

    I have an older Olympia axe I've had for years that is not high quality buy does the job. I decided to finally sharpen it up right. The bit had an incorrect edge/bevel on the bit so I got some supplies and and went to town sharpening it. Between a file, whetstone, 800 and 1500 grit sand paper and a final 15 minutes with a giant stroping board I make it will now shave my hair.

    I was so happy with my self and jokingly proclaimed to my wife that I am officially a man with this accomplishment. Here she is.
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    And another.

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    Well as a butcher I can totally agree. The sharper the tool the easier and safer the work is.
     
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    How long will it keep that edge? My experience with axes is that you want then somewhat sharp, but not too sharp as you'll just break that edge off the first time you slam it into a nice hard tree.
     
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    It will come in handy for the zombie apocolypse!
     
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    Nice edges!

    They always taught us in Scouting -"The ONLY thing a DULL knife will cut, is YOU!" :eek:
     
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    So long as your careful it should hold an edge fine. However, this was a cheaper axe which = lower quality steel compared to a GB or Wetterlings. Not sure how best to put this but the edge is very sharp but from the end does not look like a knife's edge. Looking down the edge from the front or back the bit almost has a convex look on each side of it going to the very edge of the cutting bit. In the end any axe will dull with the wrong hit to a knotty area, etc. all about care and maintenance.
     
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    Maybe someone should start a thread on the proper way to sharpen a knife or ax, including the equipment needed.
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