Can anyone recommend a sharpening tool that does a good job at tuning up a hatchet edge, but doesn't weigh much? The purpose will be placing the item into a backpack. Hence, weight is a consideration.
I've been using a Fiskars x7 hatchet over the past few weekends. The Fiskars is an amazing little hatchet, however, it easily burrs with use. I am able to bring it back to a knife sharp edge with a lansky puck with 20 or so passes per side. It has me wanting to put the lansky puck into a bug out bag, but it is somewhat heavy.
Hence, any recommendations for a very effective hatchet edge honing stone or implement that will be light weight and good to use from a backpack? It would be even better if the same tool can be used to good effect to sharpen knives.
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I have a dmt fine diamond stone that I keep on my survival knife pouch. About 3/4 inch wide x 3 inch long x 1/8 inch thick. They also make some double sided ones so you could have a rough/fine stone in one package.
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Not ultra light weight, but not terrible either.
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Thanks everyone for the replies and recommendations. The suggestions have given me some insight to some options that I wasn't even considering before.
The DMT seems to be a very good option, although it's a bit pricy. The coarse/fine double sided model looks best. Now, perhaps if I can find it for a bit cheaper than $47 somewhere. Maybe DMT will have a sale some day soon. Will keep an eye on it.
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A good file with a nice handle? Should be good for basic hatchet tasks. Two files probably wouldn't weigh much if you want a finer edge.
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+1 on the file.
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What about the Fiskar's axe sharpener?
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