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Old 09-27-2018, 08:22 PM
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With a file its not a big deal either way. If you go away from the edge, you are less likely to jam a finger into it and cut yourself

On a belt sander or grinder you usually want to go away from the edge so that you don't cut your belt.

If I'm putting the final edge on something where I really want to get it sharp, I'm generally using a stone and with that I do push it towards(into) the edge. When you get down to that final step you start to form a burr on the edge, and if you don't push against the edge you tend to fold it back and forth instead of taking it off.
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