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Rellgar

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I find that using a hand file and hand sharpening stone is the best way. You can use an electric grinder, but you can loose metal and angle to fast. Would be good to clean up an old rusted axe head first, then use hand file and stone.
 

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Check You Tube. You will find four of five thousand ways to sharpen an axe.

Personally I have never been very good at it, and I have tried several methods. Good thing I don't have to rely on it.
At least with an axe you can just swing it harder. Now getting a razor sharp enough to shave with, good enough just isn’t good enough.
 

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I use a course double cut file for smoothing/reshaping the edge followed with a medium single cut file. Though I'm not using the ax for skinning animals thus I don't use a stone often except on the hatchets.

I never use on grinders but a low rpm wet wheel is fine, high rpm dry grinders can take the tempering out of the steel to easily. A good number of axes has different hardness from the bit to the cheek to the ax eye, taking off to much of the bit could be taking it to softer steel so be careful.
 
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