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#288789 - 04/23/18 06:12 PM How to sharpen a machete
Just Offline

Registered: 03/10/18
Posts: 10
Hi all,
You all know that a machete is a very versatile tool. It's a tricky part when it comes to sharpening it as no tools are more trickier than that. In this post, I'll cover this topic. (I've also elaborately described that with videos on my website, so you also can check that out!!!):

There are many unique tools out there that can be used for machete sharpening. In this article, we will talk about how to sharpen a machete with:

1. Belt sander
2. Grinder
3. File
4. Dremel
5. Whetstone/rock

01.Sharpening a Machete With a Belt Sander

Belt sanders are the most common and easiest method of sharpening a machete. Through this wonderful tool, you can easily give your blade a go that will result in a sharpened machete. A convex utility edge can easily be given if proper techniques are maintained all through the sharpening stage.

You just need to give a light pressure and a straight edge is there for you! Just donít overheat your machete when you are running the blade across the belt. That will harm its carbon-steel composition. Besides, itís much easier than using a grinding wheel for your machete. A moderately priced belt sander will be enough for your machetes.

02.Sharpening a Machete With a Grinder
Grinding wheels are mostly used when aggressive sharpening is needed. This process helps to eliminate the factory dullness or big nicks. As you need to sharpen your machete with a grinder in one go, the work area needs to be spacious enough for you. That will help you to get an even edge.

Also, the grinders can make your blade really hot if it is operated at a higher rpm. So either you need to operate it at a lower rpm or you need to continuously pour some water on the contacting parts of the tools. Otherwise, it will turn your blade composition into a lower grade. Both of the processes are considerably difficult if you are not experienced enough. That is why this technique is not a favourite among machete users.

03.Sharpening a Machete With a File
For a simple sharpening process, you can seek out help from a file. It doesnít require much technique to get a sharpened blade. Firstly, you need two things for sharpening your machetes, a vice to hold your machete tightly and a file. There are mainly two types of file, one is a double cut or rough and the other is a single cut or smooth. What would be the best is a bastard cut which is an intermediary option of the two.

Once the machete is tightly held in the vice at the desired angle, you need to push the file repeatedly over the blade. Remember that you canít pull it rather need to push it. Also in a reverse way, the machete can be drawn against the file. Once one side is done sharpening, the whole process is repeated on the other side. As files are really small to carry with you in the woods, you can also regain the sharpness of your blade there!

04.Sharpening a Machete With a Dremel
This sharpening process is also very common and easy to undergo. A Dremel is some power tool which is operated handheld having a rotating sharpener at the end part of its shaft. You also need a vice to grip the machete. Then you need to power up the Dremel and run it over the edge of the tool laterally. Once one side is done, you need to repeat it on the other side.

As the sharpening is done by lateral movement of the sharpener, there is a huge chance that the edges can become uneven. The reason is that you are not sharpening the whole edge in one go. But for small imperfections, this is a very good way to rectify that. That is why this process is most suitable when you are giving your machete a slight touch after some heavy uses in the fields.

05.Sharpening a Machete With a Whetstone/rock
This is another traditional way of sharpening your machetes to give a polished edge. For this method to work perfectly, you need a whetstone/rock, some water and a beacon if you are using an artificial stone. Firstly, soak the whetstone into the water for some time. Then you need to move the blade perpendicularly at an angle from the base of the stone to the tip. You need to move the blade up and down the stone for some time.

This process doesnít require a lot of techniques and is a simple way to get your blade sharper within some minutes. There are many whetstones out on the market that can be handy. We have an article on the best sharpeners where we have talked elaborately on that. As this process doesnít require so many tools and techniques, itís a popular method among the users.

Machete Sharpening Angle
When you are going to sharpen your machete, you need to select the angle very wisely. Because machete sharpening angle directly influences its fields of performance. If the machete is used for cutting grass and non-woody staffs, then small sharpening angle is very suitable for that. An angle of 20-25 degrees would be really suitable for that purpose.

And if you need to cut wood branches and thick staffs then a larger angle of 25-35 degrees is recommended for a better output. In that case, the machete can take the beating of repeated chopping. Also, in case of a smaller angle, you may face problem for having a fine edge as they may get chipped away. So much concentration is needed for your blade sharpening angle.
Nature lover, wanderer in the wilds!!!

#288795 - 04/24/18 12:30 AM Re: How to sharpen a machete [Re: Just]
dougwalkabout Offline
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 2741
Loc: Alberta, Canada
Which method have you personally found most effective? Or is that only available on your website?

#288797 - 04/24/18 01:19 AM Re: How to sharpen a machete [Re: Just]
Bingley Offline

Registered: 02/27/08
Posts: 1384
What is the tactical way for sharpening tactical machete?

#288798 - 04/24/18 02:38 AM Re: How to sharpen a machete [Re: Just]
LesSnyder Offline

Registered: 07/11/10
Posts: 1544
Loc: New Port Richey, Fla
I use two machetes, and old Collins SA (Guatemala) that has been cut to 14" with a tanto nose, and a 14" Tramontina Bolo... both edges were re contoured to be used a soft wood trimmers... the edges are increased in width from an initial width around 1/4" to better than 3/8" or so... I use a large grinding wheel but a belt grinder would be better, and work the blade from hilt to tip in a continuous motion to not over heat the blade... when you get a continuous feathering of sparks back over the blade, you have a constant angle... I finish and touch up with a good file...

if you have never used a machete, I would recommend a bolo that adds mass to the blade but keeps the blade short

#288800 - 04/24/18 03:56 AM Re: How to sharpen a machete [Re: Just]
dougwalkabout Offline
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Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 2741
Loc: Alberta, Canada
Err, as we respond, let us not forget the hook that is being dangled in front of our noses: someone is fishing here.

#288806 - 04/24/18 01:07 PM Re: How to sharpen a machete [Re: dougwalkabout]
hikermor Offline
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Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 6773
Loc: southern Cal
The OP's post is lifted word for word from a section of his web site...
Geezer in Chief

#288808 - 04/24/18 02:57 PM Re: How to sharpen a machete [Re: hikermor]
Teslinhiker Offline

Registered: 12/14/09
Posts: 1385
Originally Posted By: hikermor
The OP's post is lifted word for word from a section of his web site...

Doug is correct. There is some fishing here from the OP and I have emailed details to the MOD's. Also the wording from the website is not what it seems to be. I'll leave it at that. In the meantime, reader be aware...
Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.

John Lubbock

#288809 - 04/24/18 05:40 PM Re: How to sharpen a machete [Re: Just]
chaosmagnet Offline
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Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 3061
Loc: USA
Thread locked for now while I look into this.


#288852 - 05/01/18 10:42 AM Re: How to sharpen a machete [Re: Just]
chaosmagnet Offline
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Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 3061
Loc: USA
After I looked into this, the original poster was banned for breaking the forum rules.



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