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    Axes - How sharp?

    Hey All,

    As the title says....How sharp should your axe be? I was touching up my helko work axes today and wasn't really sure how far to take the edge. Info on the net seems to be divided between slightly sharp and as sharp as your best knife.

    Whats best for our conditions and local hardwoods woods when using small axes?

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    I'd say more sharp rather than less, a sharper axe will cut better. Edge geometry is as important as how sharp it is, as you don't want to be breaking chips out of the edge because it's too thin.

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    I agree with Askew. Very sharp, but keep the geometry

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    Thanks fellas, sharpened them up enough to slice paper but kept the original geometry. Will give them a run on the weekend

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    I've had my Fiskars X7 shaving sharp...
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    Gave a mate a brand new Gransfors Bruks small forest axe recently. He makes artefacts like boomerangs etc. He brought it over to show me the edge after working on a piece of mulga: the edge had folded over!

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    I prefer mine as sharp as a crafting knife but everyone will have a different opinion on it. I find them a lot nicer to use with a keen edge. I differ from some of the above post though and will change the primary bevel to suit. If I'm damaging the edge, I know I went too fine. If I'm crafting with a little chopping on the side, I prefer a thinner convex edge.

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    I should probably clarify that I hadn't meant to say don't change the edge geometry, but rather to use an edge geometry that's appropriate for what you're doing.

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    Both my Gransfors Bruks small forest axe and Wildlife hatchet came shaving sharp from the factory, though I have sold my Wildlife hatchet, I maintain the forest axe to that level of keenness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by odgens View Post
    Hey All,

    As the title says....How sharp should your axe be? I was touching up my helko work axes today and wasn't really sure how far to take the edge. Info on the net seems to be divided between slightly sharp and as sharp as your best knife.

    Whats best for our conditions and local hardwoods woods when using small axes?
    I sharpen my tomahawk in the same manner as I sharpen my knives. All blades need to be sharp.
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