Ax throwing is a growing sport, and if you want to be successful at it, you need a sharp axe. In this blog post, we will discuss how to sharpen your axe using both traditional techniques and modern products. We’ll also talk about the importance of keeping your axe sharp and how to avoid damaging the blade.
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Why you need a sharp axe for axe throwing
If you’re new to axe throwing, you might be wondering why a sharp axe is so important. The answer is simple: a sharp axe is more accurate than a dull one. A dull blade will slip off the target more easily, and it’s also more likely to bounce back and hit you! So, if you want to be safe and successful at axe throwing, you need to keep your axe sharp.
Traditional axe sharpening vs modern axe sharpening
There are two main ways to sharpen an axe: traditional sharpening and modern sharpening. BUT first no matter which method you use, there are a few things to keep in mind to avoid damaging your axe. First, always sharpen the blade away from the handle. Second, don’t over-sharpen the blade – you just want to take off the dull edge, not create a new one. Finally, be sure to oil or wax the blade after sharpening to protect it from rust.
Traditional sharpening involves using a stone or file to manually grind the blade down. It generally is more time intensive and takes some sweat and elbow grease but man does it look really cool. For traditional sharpening, we recommend using a whetor diamond file. Whichever method you choose, be sure to follow the instructions carefully to avoid damaging your axe. I think the coolness factor alone of using a whetstone to sharpen a throwing axe makes it a no-brainer. However, with more modern techniques you do get to use power tools which are very effective.
- Rock or River stone
Modern sharpening generally uses power tools to get the job done quicker. For modern sharpening, we recommend using an electric knife sharpener(WTF). Electric knife sharpeners are quick and easy to use, and they’ll give your axe a nice, sharp edge. Just be sure to read the instructions carefully before using one, as they can damage your blade if used improperly.
Electric Knife Sharpener
- Dremel tool – Detailed instructions
- Belt sander
- Angle grinder
We hope this blog post has been helpful in teaching you how to sharpen your axe. Remember, a sharp axe is a safe and accurate axe, so be sure to keep yours in top condition! Thanks for reading. Happy throwing!