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tips for sharpening a Machete??

Yup, just like the title says, my machete is getting dull from over use and i need to sharpen it. anyone got a good method to do it safely?




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awesome, you got a sharpener that can handle it? it has a 22" blade




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awesome, you got a sharpener that can handle it? it has a 22" blade
your gonna do it, i am gonna show you how depending on which type of edge you want it for its use dictates the degree on the edge.



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awesome, you got a sharpener that can handle it? it has a 22" blade
whats the count at so far

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You two are kidding right It's a machete, not a knife! Tony use a plain old fashion mill file, put a razor edge on a machete is a waste of time, one swipe at the brush, the edge will be ruined. A Machete is nothing more than an axe...would you put a knife edge on a axe

If a bench grinder is not available, take a medium course file, and run the file in a forward motion down one side, then the other side of the blade, till the sharpness is to your satisfaction, drawing the file back after the forward motion will make it shiny, but won't sharpen it.

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yep totally serious, its relaxing, and the sharper you start the easier and longer it cuts. My axe/hatchet has a razors edge on it when i sharpen it

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what Rick said bench grinder FTW
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blech if you must grind it get a flap wheel on a 4.5 angle grinder and freehand it

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yep totally serious, its relaxing, and the sharper you start the easier and longer it cuts. My axe/hatchet has a razors edge on it when i sharpen it

Jason...I have to ask why The first time you hit wood, that razor edge is gone, axes and machetes are blunt cleaving instruments, why bother with a razor edge

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actually youre supposed to sharpen axes to be as sharp as possible, I was taught this in boyscouts, and its held true for every cutting implement Ive come accross. the sharper the tool is the easier it does its job making it safer to use because you dont have to force it through the material.
the only time this doesnt apply is when using an axe to split wood there you want a blunt edge because youre splitting along the grain rather than cutting the wood.

this was the first google link i clicked after searching: sharpening an axe
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Unless you lost your mind and spent real $ on it, it is probably a fairly soft stamped stainless made in China. It's one step off a lawn mower blade. I'm not down to a bench grinder for any blade simply because it can get too hot, but a wet wheel and maybe a couple swipes on a steel to dress it is more than enough. This ass-u-mes you have easy access to a wheel. I'd do it for you, but 2+ hours in the car and $12 in gas doesn't make sense. Don't go for too fine of a bevel on a rough duty blade like that. It will dull too fast. $.02

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The title sounds like something Tony will be saying to perspective boyfriends when they show up to date his daughter - along with:

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The title sounds like something Tony will be saying to perspective boyfriends when they show up to date his daughter - along with:

"Just let me say - Ive been to jail and I aint afraid of going back"
"Ive got chunks of punks like you in my stool."
"Yeah, she'll be down in a minute, I gotta get back to cleaning my guns"
"Look at the trunkspace in my new car _ I bet I could fit a body about the size of you in there."

Etc.
I have all of those wrotten on a post it note on the back of my front door for reference




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