Never wonder again if you’ve got your axe angles where they should be.
Did you know you can make yourself a simple sharpening gauge and be certain that you’re edge is perfect?
Here’s how to make a handy little gauge to help you keep on track of the right angle or bevel for whatever axe you may be sharpening.
Sharpening an axe or hatchet can be a bit confusing for people who aren’t familiar with the differences between, for example, a fat-cheeked splitting maul and a tighter angled felling axe.
Cody Crone, aka Wranglerstar, has a very successful YouTube channel wherein he explores all sorts of homesteading projects. One of his favorite topics is axes and other tree felling and lumberman tools. He’s done several videos on proper axe sharpening alone.
The sharpening gauge he makes here employs two of the more common axe edge profiles: 20 degrees (for tools like felling axes and hatchets) and 25 degrees (for fatter, heavier splitting mauls). Periodically checking your axe’s bevel while sharpening will keep you in the sweet spot for creating a great edge for the particular axe you’re working with.
You can find similar commercially manufactured angle guides on the market, often made from brass. But that’s not nearly as fun or as cool as making your own.
Remember, a sharp axe is a safe and efficient axe. In the words of Abraham Lincoln, who knew a thing or two about swinging an axe, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
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