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Please look at my pictures & video of my very Dull hatchet transformed to a Sharp killing machine a.k.a. useful food provider!!  
 
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Edit: I think I can do a lot better job so I'm gonna resubmit later when I have more time.
 
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Sorry, I'm trying to make sure I don't miss anything, I was missing the action picture of me sharpening the Hatchet. I just attached the video, I'm trying to figure this BBs publishing still LOL, sorry, getting much better every time.

Alex Ordonez wrote:Please look at my pictures & video of my very Dull hatchet transformed to a Sharp killing machine a.k.a. useful food provider!!  

 

 
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Okay, I have never done anything like this before and I am not sure if I got the angle completely right. But the good thing is, it is way sharper than it was and can be used on what it is supposed to be used on.
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Very blunt!
Very blunt!
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There are not as many chips as I was expecting, so that is good.
There are not as many chips as I was expecting, so that is good.
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I tried at first with sandpaper, but the file works so much better.
I tried at first with sandpaper, but the file works so much better.
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Shiny!
Shiny!
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All done!
All done!
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I'm editing this post to remove it as a submission for this BB.  This is actually what was called a "Boy's Axe", meaning a small axe rather than a hatchet.  It would be a better fit for the BB to sharpen and axe.  I will resubmit it there and then see if I can't find a hatchet in a second hand store to purchase and sharpen for this BB (and then add to my collection of tools).

It was interesting learning about the proper way to sharpen a hatchet/axe.  I wasn't aware of the thing about the different angles based on how the tool is to be used.  Makes sense though.  I also found it personally interesting that I was just recently explaining more or less the same thing to students taking a chasing and repousse workshop I was teaching regarding going at something with different angles as a way to shape the overall form.

While my small axe wasn't horribly dull it was getting rusted.  I applied the new found knowledge of the angles to redo the angles and make everything better.

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A shot of the edge of my tool prior to sharpening.
A shot of the edge of my tool prior to sharpening.
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Another view of the initial edge.
Another view of the initial edge.
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Action shot of me working with the angle grinder.
Action shot of me working with the angle grinder.
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I wasn't satisfied with the control I'd get with the grinder so I finished up with my diamond files.
I wasn't satisfied with the control I'd get with the grinder so I finished up with my diamond files.
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One view of the newly sharpened edge.
One view of the newly sharpened edge.
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A second view to better show the angles of the more "bullet" shaped edge.
A second view to better show the angles of the more
 
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I used a dual grit sharpening stone in a circular motion.

Edited to add: I was at Wheaton Labs, Grey and I were learning from Daniel how to sharpen tools. I was instructed to do a circular motion with the whetstone and aim for a 22.5deg angle at the tip. I don't know how long I was sharpening the hatchet for but I was assured by the guys that the hatchet was sharp enough for hatchet things so I wrapped up and took some pics. I wonder if the lighting could have been better or if the picture could have been more focused on the blade to change the perception. It seemed like a good close-up photo on my phone but the resolution isn't very good when I try to zoom in on the computer. I also added a photo of a piece of paper cut test, which wasn't required for this BB so I didn't originally include it but perhaps it's a better picture for evaluating how sharp the cutting edge is. I'm also reporting this post for renewed attention?
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Note: Keep going. Looks like it needs to be sharper.

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I just finished cleaning and sharpening our old hatchet that we haven't really taken care of, but now it's nice, sharp, and shiny!
Ps: It's identical to the one in the 2nd video lol.
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Today I sharpened my hatchet that I use primarily to rough out wooden spoons. The hatchet's name is "Norlund".
It had developed a few small nicks in the edge since I last did a comprehensive sharpening last month on it. I could do better at keeping it fiendishly sharp before each carving session, but as it currently stands, I sharpen it when I notice it getting miserably dull and taking more effort to rough out spoons and being less able to bite on the shaping cuts, which is about once a month with my usage level.

My sharpening method is to clamp the hatchet to the porch railing, and make one pass on each side with each of:
- 1 file
- 4 grits of diamond stone xtra-coarse through extra-fine, applied to the edge like a big file
- 1 leather-on-wood strop with green crayon-type honing compound

I colored the edge and cross-hatched the bevel with a permanent marker before each pass to ensure that I was roughly matching the existing angle and sharpening up to the edge, and felt for the existence of a continuous burr on the back side on each pass. The strop removed the remaining burr on the final pass.

The hatchet was then sharp enough to shave a strip of hair off of my arm.
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Tools used: hatchet, file, 4 diamond stones, strop, clamp
Tools used: hatchet, file, 4 diamond stones, strop, clamp
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Dull hatchet with nicks 1/3 of the way up the edge
Dull hatchet with nicks 1/3 of the way up the edge
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making a pass with a diamond stone
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pile of hair and bald patch created by sharp hatchet
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Here's my listing.
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Setup
Setup
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Hatchet
Hatchet
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Axe needs more work
Axe needs more work
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Axe final
Axe final
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