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PEP BB tool.straw.pruners - sharpen pruners

BB tool care - straw badge
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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 straw badge in tool care.

Pruning shears are frequently used in chop and drop. Unlike a machete, pruning shears allow one to precisely cut very small branches and stems of nitrogen fixing support species and "weeds" growing into food producing species. They are also much safer to use when working in groups. How you sharpen your pruners will depend on weather you have an anvil or by-pass style.

Here's a short video showing how it's done. Don't grind the flat down. The flat only ever comes in contact with the stone to polish the surface or remove the bur.


These are hedge shears, and not pruning shears. The technique is the same for by-pass pruning sheers and loppers.



Requirements to complete:
- Disassemble pruners and sharpen the edge properly (depending on whether anvil or by-pass), including both primary and secondary edge if applicable.
- Remove excess sap and other residue. Some "staining" is to be expected.
- Oil sufficiently for smooth action. Oil can't be petroleum derived .

To get certified for this BB, post the following:

 - Pic of dull edge or poorly cut green stick.
 - Action pic with disassembled pruners showing method of sharpening.
 - Pic of reassembled, sharpened pruners possibly cutting green stick
 - Describe the sharpening method and oil used.
 
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