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Why a dull axe needs sharpening.

Axe for cutting, handicraft; oak handle; b.gliwa, CC BY-SA 2.5, via Wikimedia Commons.

There are several reasons to keep an axe sharp, but some of the most important include:

  1. Safety: A sharp axe is much safer to use than a dull one, as it is less likely to slip or bounce off the wood, causing injury. A sharp edge also requires less force to make a cut, which reduces the risk of strains and sprains from overuse.
  2. Efficiency: A sharp axe is much more efficient than a dull one because it requires less effort to make the same cut. This means you can work faster and longer without getting as tired, and you’ll be able to chop more wood in the same amount of time.
  3. Quality of cut: A sharp axe will make a cleaner, more precise cut than a dull one. This is especially important when cutting wood for kindling, lumber, or other specific uses. A sharp axe will also be less likely to crush or split the wood fibers, which can leave rough or uneven edges.

In addition, it’s also better for the longevity of the axe and makes it more pleasant to use.

Some top picks for a sharpening stone are:

  • Sharpal’s Dual-Grit Diamond Sharpening Stone for Scythe Lawn Mower Blade Axe Hatchet Machete Lopper Shear Chisel & All Blade Edge
We like the simplicity of the design and the ergonomic feature, however the stone is more for maintenance than repair, something to keep in mind. Available at your favorite home improvement store.

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