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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 straw badge in tool care.

Machetes are wonderfully versatile tools, and are indispensable for practicing permaculture in many tropical and sub-tropical environments. That is not to say that they have no place in cool climates like the Rockies. A machete is a very affordable piece of kit that will serve you well if you give it the proper care. There are many ways to sharpen a machete depending on how one intends to use it.





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- must be sharpened with a whetstone (or more than one)
- hone
- test before and after with cutting paper

To get certified for this BB, post three pics:

 - closeup of pic of the dull edge OR pic of the dull machete raggedly cutting through a piece of paper
 - action pic of sharpening
 - pic of the sharp machete having cut halfway through a piece of paper
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This machete had a couple of dings that are visible in the first picture. These were easy to peen out prior to sharpening.
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sharpening my machete
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dull machete doesn't cut paper cleanly
dull machete doesn't cut paper cleanly
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dull
dull
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dull
dull
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sharpened gives a clean slice
sharpened gives a clean slice
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sharp
sharp
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sharp
sharp
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here is the stone per you're request
here is the stone per you're request
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For my birthday I was given a Nata - a Japanese Machete. Out of the box, it was pretty sharp but wouldn’t have passed the paper cut test. I used this summer on the trail I maintain. It is a little duller and stained with sap. I cleaned it before sharpening. I pre-soaked two double-sided whetstones and then sharpened with progressively higher grit value. Here are the steps I took.

NB - I sharpened with grit 240 -> 1000 -> 3000. The 1000 and 3000 pictures are out of order.
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Pre-soak
Pre-soak
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Japanese Nata from Barebones
Japanese Nata from Barebones
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Failed paper cut
Failed paper cut
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Failed paper cut
Failed paper cut
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Sharpening progression grit grade 240
Sharpening progression grit grade 240
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Sharpening progression grit grade 1000
Sharpening progression grit grade 3000
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Sharpening progression grit grade 3000
Sharpening progression grit grade 1000
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Final edge
Final edge
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Paper cut test
Paper cut test
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Paper cut test
Paper cut test
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This is a Norfolk pattern billhook, a kind of English machete that is used in hedgelaying. I sharpened it using a coarse stone, pictured, then a finer 600g stone and stropped it with some white buffing compound on leather.

I'm afraid I don't have a before shot of it cutting paper and so I'm not submitting this as a BB.
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Before
Before
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Close-up of edge before sharpening
Close-up of edge before sharpening
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Using the stone
Using the stone
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Done!
Done!
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Cleaner edge
Cleaner edge
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Cutting paper
Cutting paper
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Luke Mitchell wrote:I'm afraid I don't have a before shot of it cutting paper and so I'm not submitting this as a BB.



Still qualifies as you’ve shown a close up of the dull edge.
 
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Edward Norton wrote:Still qualifies as you’ve shown a close up of the dull edge.



Right on! Converting the post. Thanks!
 
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