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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in tool care.

Hatchets are nifty!  You can cut down small trees, limb big (or small) trees, make round wood joints and notches and a bunch of other things.  Many hatchets are as dull as butter knives.  Let's change that!

Here's a video on how to do it with sandpaper from a guy with a cool accent:


And here's one using a file and stones:


And here's one using a stationary belt sander:


You can use an angle grinder as well, just follow the same ideas as shown above.

To get certified for this BB, post three pics:

  - closeup of pic of the dull edge
  - action pic of sharpening
  - another closeup of sharp edge  
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***Note for Paul:  Are power tools (grinders, belt sanders) allowed or should it be done with sandpaper, files, stones or similar methods***



Power tools are fine!

I think it would be good to show a sharpening video that is not using sandpaper.
 
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Awesome, I just added two more videos.  The belt sander one finishes with a neat sharpness test.  Hint:  It doesn't involve shaving hair or cutting a sheet of paper...
 
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Really not happy with a dull hatchet. I used both the course and fine sides of the sharpening stone with some honing oil.
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Dull hatchet
Dull hatchet
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Sharpening stone
Sharpening stone
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Now it's sharp again
Now it's sharp again
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I hereby certify this BB as complete!

 
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At the PEP1 workshop today, the hatchets were already being sharpened, so I sharped the $5 garage sale axe I picked up last summer.
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Dull hatchet
Dull hatchet
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I hereby certify this BB as complete!

 
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Here’s how I came out using the bench grinder. Is this satisfactory? Any suggestions?
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Dull bugger
Dull bugger
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“I don’t see nothing wrong with a little bench grind.”
“I don’t see nothing wrong with a little bench grind.”
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As good as it’ll get.
As good as it’ll get.
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Here are my pics.
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After
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Action pic
Action pic
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Before
Before
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Before
Before
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My first PEP 1 undertaking of the day.
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Before picture
Before picture
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Action shot
Action shot
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Almost there
Almost there
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Finishing touches
Finishing touches
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After shot
After shot
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I certify this BB is complete.

 
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Just got a new Collins Axe hatchet from the hardware store for about 20 bucks, and it seems nice but the edge is pretty terrible. This'll be my first post on a BB, so bear with me if I'm doing this wrong. I hope my pictures are good enough.


The new hatchet.


The dull edge. I shaped it a bit with a metal file first.


Shaping the edge more with a coarse stone.


After polishing with a fine stone. I did a few passes on my cutting board to knock down the wire edge. I haven't done this much with my knives, but after hearing about it from Paul's podcast review of that knife sharpening video I've been doing it, and it seems to work.


Test cuts on paper. Pretty good for a cheap hatchet it you ask me.
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the new hatchet
the new hatchet
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the dull edge, started shaping with a file
the dull edge, started shaping with a file
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shaping with a coarse stone
shaping with a coarse stone
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sharpening with a fine stone
sharpening with a fine stone
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test cuts. pretty good for a cheap hatchet
test cuts. pretty good for a cheap hatchet
Staff note (paul wheaton):

Kevin, a lot of those images are not showing up.

Staff note (Mike Haasl):

Just going through this BB and saw that there are enough photos for me to hereby certify this BB complete! Sorry for the delay!

 
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I only see one pic out of the ones posted.
 
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