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Old 10-17-2018, 07:42 PM
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Nearly all the axes or hatchets I produce are near razor sharp..

With my Hatchax (combo hatchet and ax) I can take a 3" maple branch on 1 swing.. Softwoods maybe 4 to 4.5"..

It is true that the razor edge part will dull but in no way should the edge lose the very pointed edge.. The burr for all intensive purposes should be stropped away but the cutting edge should be straight with no rounding away from it's edge..

Modern axes all have a bad design.. I'm not sure where or who started it, but it seems more axes today are made with a flat blade profile..

This is a pretty crappy profile. If the blade gets stuck in a cut there is no fulcrum point to lever the axe out..

ideally the blades shape should be about like this but not as wide of course ()

This kind of profile will make it so the handle and pivot will be in the center of the blade vs l which is again going to get pinched evenly all along the blades edge..

I sharpen towards the poll and ideally depending on what the ax will be used for is left pretty hard for felling work, softer for limbing work as there is more chance of hitting the ground so it can be sharpened with a file if need be..

You guys have seen the picture before but here it is again.. I'll be making a felling ax in the upcoming weeks..
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Old 10-17-2018, 07:50 PM
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By the way.. The grain structure of the steel dictates a lot of the time whether a blade will feel sharp or dull.. Each time a blade is sharpened it leave a burr.. This burrs resistance to shearing, pulling, bending, or being knocked off is what construes a sharp or not sharp blade.. This has a lot to do with grain size, hardness and temper..

I have a knife that if you drag your finger down the blade with little pressure will give you a paper cut like no tomorrow.. I also have a blade that you can run your finger down and unless you put a little pressure, your finger will just skate over it will no injury.. Yet if you push your finger down the side it will take a layer or 2 of skin off and will leave a very clean skinning..

Yet both steels or blades will shave hair... And are very sharp.. Just sharp in different ways..

If you ever watch a person in the know.. They will never run their finger down a blade.. Instead they will run the thumb across it..

Strange days indeed..
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Old 10-18-2018, 12:24 AM
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If you ever watch a person in the know.. They will never run their finger down a blade.. Instead they will run the thumb across it..
I usually look at the edge and see if there is any light reflected, if an edge is dull you can see it.

Also, I drag the edge across my thumbnail. Not with a cutting motion but sliding the edge from side to side.. If it's got a sharp edge it will feel like it's dragging, if it's got a dull spot in it it will slide back and forth smoothly, no drag...
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Old 10-18-2018, 08:33 PM
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There used to be these logger dood competitions on TV. Guys chopping shit.

Used to kill me every time The dood that loses always runs his thumb over the cutting edge on his axe...……..always

It's like the golfing. Guy that misses a putt always looks at his putter, or picks up the ball and looks at it like it has the answers

Tennis...…...after the dood gets knocked on his ass by his opponent's serve.....he always starts messing with the strings on the racket Yup, had to be those damn strings
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Humm...Talk about sharping an axe

Once my wife had an axe to grind with me

She said ya know this argument is getting old and boring!

I said yes dear it sure is....

She then proceeded to say.... Well why don't we bury that axe!

Looked her straight in the eyes and replied.... yes dear why don't we... Rite in the middle of your dam head...

Even though all knowing as I am you never argue with your woman because your never gonna win!

But in that rare moment when you do win an argument with your woman it's because she let you... Why Because she is planning on burying that axe in the middle of your head

So the best way to sharpen an axe is always away from the edge
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