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The requirements have been updated a bit to clarify how many nicks are acceptable on the finished edge.  As always, prior submissions are grandfathered in.
 
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I usually don't do BBs but I am a sharpaholic.  Dulled this $5 Harbor freight hatchet chopping some bamboo stumps out.  So I touched it up...it'll shave now!
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I certify this BB complete along with your spiffy new air badge!

 
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Found an old dull axe with many knicks. Sharpened it with a sharpening stone at first, then used an angle grinder to get a razor sharp edge.
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This hatchet hasn't been sharpened yet in its lifetime, but it hasn't been used much either. I sharpened it, then took the rust off to make it look pretty again. I took out my macro lens to get some close up photos of the edge.
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Macro of dull edge
Macro of dull edge
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Filing away
Filing away
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On sharpening stone
On sharpening stone
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Sharper edge
Sharper edge
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Rusty
Rusty
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Ahh, clean
Ahh, clean
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sharpened a hatchet today
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Dull hatchet
Dull hatchet
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Action shot
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sharp hatchet
sharp hatchet
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Started with a rusty hatchet, now it’s like new! Just one easy application of Elbow Grease! Edited to include better shots of sharpness
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Note: It's clearly cleaned up but it's hard to tell if it's actually sharp. Can you post a better picture of the edge?

 
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Here's my attempt at sharpening an hatchet. Instead of an action shot, I recorded an action video:  

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Dull Ax 1
Dull Ax 1
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Dull Ax 2
Dull Ax 2
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Dull Ax 3
Dull Ax 3
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Sharpened Ax 1
Sharpened Ax 1
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Sharpened Ax 2
Sharpened Ax 2
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Sharpened Ax 3
Sharpened Ax 3
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Here is my submission for the Tool Care - Sand - Sharpen a Hatchet BB.

I used a bench grinder, vertical belt sander, and a whetstone to sharpen and finish the edge then a light coat of linseed oil to protect the tool.
I decided not to try to take a photo while I was using the bench grinder because being distracted while using that tool is too dangerous so it is a still photo.

To document the completion of the BB, I have provided the following:
 - closeup of pic of the dull edge
 - action pic of sharpening
 - another closeup of sharp edge  

Update: added additional photo of sharp edge
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dull with shallow bevel
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closer-up of dull edge
closer-up of dull edge
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bench grinder and hatchet
bench grinder and hatchet
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nice and sharp
nice and sharp
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easily splits kindling
easily splits kindling
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sharp edge
sharp edge
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Could we get a closer view of the sharp edge please?

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First time sharpening the hatchet!  I sharpened it with a file to get get the edge, then sanded it to polish.  
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Dull!
Dull!
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Another Dull View
Another Dull View
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Filed it first, then sanded for polish.
Filed it first, then sanded for polish.
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Shiny!
Shiny!
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And Sharp!
And Sharp!
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I sharpened my hatchet with sandpaper and a whetstone!

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