12.04.2015

I suck at sharpening my machete blades!


I posted about my new machete's I bought to tackle the briars and overgrowth in our woods and by the creek where our wild berry bushes grow (see post here if you missed it below).

I also have researched far too many forums, blogs and message boards in order to learn correct ways to sharpen them, and watched a kazillion videos.   Then I tried a couple of them.

And I suck at it.

I think if I had a belt sander, I could get the job done well, but I don't.  And my attempts with a metal file and sandpaper and diamond sandpaper block aren't giving me the sharp blade I want.  I will also admit that my first attempts actually dulled it and made it worse and I had to stop and start over!

I readily admit I'm useless with metal files and Puck Sharpeners.  So I have started to think about getting a 'sharpener for dummies' - at least that is what I call it in my head as I admit that using metal files and such is just beyond my skills at this time.

This week I've been debating about ordering one of these (I am linking to it on Amazon which is probably where I'll order one from if I decide to);



Smith's Axe and Machete Sharpener - But here is what is frustrating.  Some of the reviews (on various sites) rave about how great this is and how easy it is to get a good blade with it (especially for dummies like me that seem to be screwing it up with files and blocks, Ha ha).   This looks easier for me to use, to get the right degree down and to sharpen and not dull it.  But then there are other reviews (yelling) to people; do not buy this!  That it not only doesn't work, but dulls your blade or in some cases, notches it!

What's a girl to do?

IF YOU HAVE AND USE A SMITH'S AXE AND MACHETE SHARPENER OR ANOTHER BRAND OF THIS STYLE, COULD YOU LET ME KNOW WHAT YOUR OPINION IS?   You can reach me on twitter at: MerittAndrews