How sharp should an ax be

Sharpen axes properly

Not only professionals know: good care and correct storage extend the life of axes and hatchets. With the right know-how and a few hand movements, the sharpness of tools can be maintained effortlessly.

Since axes, hatchets and splitting hammers are striking tools, scratches and quirks are unavoidable in the long run. With the combined grinding and whetstone (OX 33-0200, grain size 120/320, RRP € 20.78 incl. VAT) from OCHSENKOPF, tools with predominantly flat cutting edges such as axes and hatchets can be sharpened effortlessly.

In gardening and forest work, nothing is more uncomfortable and sweaty than a blunt ax. Instructions show how to properly sharpen the ax with the combination whetstone in just four steps:


  1. At the beginning, the whetstone should be moistened with water, as water is particularly suitable as an abrasive for coarse sanding. Alternatively, petroleum can be used for normal and thin oil for a fine oil.

  2. For pre-sanding, first use the coarse-grained side (120) and then the fine-grained side (320) for fine sanding. The cutting edge should always be machined evenly from both sides so that the original shape of the tool is retained. Ideally, you use the edges of the grindstone to prevent the stone from bulging over time. During the grinding process, the stone should be turned regularly and cleaned of debris, as these could damage the cutting edge.

  3. After fine sanding, the ax can be pulled off with a leather strap. Here it is important to make sure that the leather is pulled away from the cutting edge.

  4. Finally, spread the anti-corrosion oil over the entire ax head with a soft cloth and let it soak in - done!