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.
Requirements to complete:
- must be sharpened with a whetstone (or more than one)
- 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
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.