Benjamin Franklin best describes the importance of axe sharpness when he said 'give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.'
We love a sharp axe and we love quality. All our axes come hand sharpened to a level that can cut off your beard. Like all things though, this edge will not last.
Maintaining a sharp edge is easy with the right sharpening tools. We recommend the pocket sized double sided diamond sharpener due to its compact size, this can be purchased here.
Maintaining a sharp axe edge is easy with these 3 steps.
Hold the axe tight in your lap or in a vice, and position the diamond sharpener against the axe edge as shown above. Like a knife edge, the angle of sharpening is important. Always follow the original shape/convex of the edge.
The condition of your axe edge will determine what side of the sharpener you start with. If it's kept in a good condition you'll only need the fine diamond area. If it's been awhile between use and there are a few nicks, go with the coarse diamond area first and then finish with the fine. If your resurrecting an old axe head from grandpa's shed, start with an emery wheel, followed by the coarse and then fine side.
I'm normally touching up my Hultafors Hunting Axe before every use and i've found the fine diamond area is all it needs. The Diamond Sharpener can be used wet or dry, I prefer to use it wet but either way works.
Start rotating the diamond sharpening tool on your chosen side, rotating for 2-3 minutes on both sides, making sure you follow the original shape of the blade (as shown above in Step 1). Always remember to finish on the fine side as this gives the best finish to your edge.
To get an even sharper edge, finish off the process by swiping the blade on your stropped leather belt. Run each stroke away from the cutting edge. This tip came straight from Sweden and most axemen will agree, it's necessary.