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HomeHomeDiscussionsDiscussionsGeneralGeneralDo brand new hatchets come unsharpened?Do brand new hatchets come unsharpened?
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3/22/2020 11:19 PM
 

I bought a hatchet on a whim at a hardware store a couple of years ago. It was ok sale and many to be used as a backup to one I already have and I didn’t actually take it out if it’s sheath until recently. The thing has a completely rounded blade and is not sharp at all. Is this normal? I don’t even know where to go to get it sharpened.

 
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3/23/2020 9:15 AM
 

Even the best hatchet (or knife) gets dull.  Where are you going to go to get it sharpened?  Out to your garage or wherever else you can work.  Get yourself a bastard file with a file handle and get to work to produce and edge (aris) and then refine it with one of those hockey puck stones.  It helps to be able to C-clamp it down to a bench.

 
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3/23/2020 9:57 AM
 
Unfortunately, it is pretty common these days for knives and axes to come dull. That is a load of horse pukey, but it is the way of it. Sharpening axes isn't hard, and all you need is a vice, gloves, and mill bastard file. Basically you clamp the axe blade up and then run the mill bastard along it alternating sides in long even strokes. Watch your palms and wrists so you don't run them over the blade as well. I prefer a finer edge so I do a steeper angle. For those who like a more wedge angle you just do a shallower angle. A handle for your file is nice, but not strictly needed.

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