Sharpening a machete with a file is the simplest method that can help you to improve the sharpness of the blades. You don’t have to apply any particular technique just focus on the method to get fruitful results.
Before you know the right method, it is important to know about the type of files. Mainly two types are available. One is the double cut and has a rough appearance. The other one is one cut and is smoother as compared to the former one.
No matter what type of file you are using. One and only important thing you have to focus on sharpening by the file method is to hold the machete and the file tightly. In this way, you can complete the procedure smoothly. If you lose the grip then you may get cut in your hand or may create abrasions on the blade that may damage the grading of the machete.
Now when you have placed the machete and file in the position with proper grip, the next step is to start the sharpening process. For this purpose, you have to pull the file towards you and then push the file repeatedly on the blade. Repeat the procedure until it gets some shine. You have to draw the machete against the file. Repeat the same procedure on the other side.
You can keep the file in your pocket. This is the best option to take with you to the woods. If there you feel that your machete is losing its sharpness then take out your file and sharpen your blade.
This is the quick, cheap, and easy DIY way to sharpen your machete blades. Through the blade, you can sharpen all types of machetes but this is an excellent one for the sharpening of a Gerber gator-type machete.