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I took an axe from my parents house, a very nice double headed axe.

It has never been sharpened, but it is used, though it wasn't my father who used it. So it is old and dull.

What is the best way to bring it back?


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Draw file and use finer and finer paper on a paint stirring stick. I can make em shave hair!!
 
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Thanks Sybo, fine for technique, but how do you choose or improve the edge profile?



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60 grit belt on a grinder or sander. Watch for excess heat, or send it to me. As far as degrees and measuring the angles, I've gotten good at eyeballing it.
 
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Belt sander is better than a file and safer also.
I now use a table top belt sander,gives better control of work.
 
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I was under the impression a round stone was the preferred tool to sharpen axes.

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If it isn't a expensive fancy axe, a plain old flat file followed with a stone will do just fine.




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It's farther gone than a flat file, and my instinct was a belt sander. I've used that to bring back garbage chisels, just didn't know if there were a better way.


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Know any wood turners? Many of them have or know someone else who has a Tormek style - slow speed / water cooled grinder. Great for large blades, chisels or axes.
 
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Angle die grinder with rol loc sanding discs



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Just be careful with a belt sander or die grinder... it's pretty easy to get the edge too hot and ruin the temper of the steel.
 
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