Until the introduction of the DC Twin handle file, no sharpening stone had been specifically developed for accurately working on larger bladed tools, mainly used in the garden.
Strangely this is one tool that you can muscle past the fact that it might not have a decent edge. But try using an axe that has had 10 minutes spent on the blade edge and its 10 minutes that’s well worth spending.
Smaller than a regular axe, working with a sharp edged hatchet is no less important than it’s big brother. Sharpened in the same fashion as the larger axe head, the twin handle file offers the easiest option to regain an edge quickly.
Like a giant pair of gardening scissors on end, my edge trimmers were next to useless. Firstly I had to soak and scrub years of grassy build up off the blades before I could even locate the bevel on the blade edge. After that it was only 5 minutes before they were as good as new. Actually it took longer to clean them than to sharpen them.
As the smallest of the cutting or pruning tools in the garden by definition secateurs take the least time to sharpen. Although ours were straight out of the packet, a quick hone made a noticeable difference to the cutting edge. It also proves the manufacturers didn’t have the time or inclination to hone them as a part of the deal.
My shears were the first garden tool to get the attention of my DC twin handled file. It took two or three minutes to get the hang of the sharpening stroke and about the same time again to transform my blunt shears into ones that could really cut the mustard! Armed with a full set of DC sharpening stones, I’m almost addicted to finding different stuff to bring back to life.
Although treated as a quaint antique by most folk, there are those who claim the rhythmical stroke of the scythe is of therapeutic benefit. Apparently a sharp scythe used properly positively glides through long grasses with little effort. Although I have yet to experience this myself.
How much do I know, when a friend suggested that an edge on a spade was essential, I was inclined to be dismissive but no, I was wrong again. According to experienced gardeners a sharp edge gives crisp shape edges to your lawn and also helps to chop through roots etc when clearing ground and preparing beds for seeding.