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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in tool care.

Hatchets are nifty!  You can cut down small trees, limb big (or small) trees, make round wood joints and notches and a bunch of other things.  Many hatchets are as dull as butter knives.  Let's change that!

Here's a video on how to do it with sandpaper from a guy with a cool accent:


And here's one using a file and stones:


And here's one using a stationary belt sander:


You can use an angle grinder as well, just follow the same ideas as shown above.

To get certified for this BB, post three pics:

  - closeup of pic of the dull edge
  - action pic of sharpening
  - another closeup of sharp edge  
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***Note for Paul:  Are power tools (grinders, belt sanders) allowed or should it be done with sandpaper, files, stones or similar methods***



Power tools are fine!

I think it would be good to show a sharpening video that is not using sandpaper.
 
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Awesome, I just added two more videos.  The belt sander one finishes with a neat sharpness test.  Hint:  It doesn't involve shaving hair or cutting a sheet of paper...
 
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Really not happy with a dull hatchet. I used both the course and fine sides of the sharpening stone with some honing oil.
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Dull hatchet
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Sharpening stone
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Now it's sharp again
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At the PEP1 workshop today, the hatchets were already being sharpened, so I sharped the $5 garage sale axe I picked up last summer.
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Here’s how I came out using the bench grinder. Is this satisfactory? Any suggestions?
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Dull bugger.
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“I don’t see nothing wrong with a little bench grind.”
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As good as it’ll get.
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Here are my pics.
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After
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After
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Action pic
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Before
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Before
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My first PEP 1 undertaking of the day.
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Before picture
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Action shot
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Almost there
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Finishing touches
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After shot
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