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 that 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.
Sharpening a machete with a file is another effective method to keep your machete blade sharp. Here are the steps to follow:
Materials you will need:
- A mill bastard file (a flat file with single-cut teeth)
- A pair of gloves (optional)
- A towel or cloth
Steps to sharpen your machete with a file:
- Wipe the machete blade with a towel or cloth to remove any dirt or debris.
- Place the machete on a flat and stable surface, like a workbench or a table.
- Hold the machete blade with one hand, and use the other hand to hold the file.
- Position the file at an angle of about 20 degrees to the machete blade.
- Using a smooth and consistent motion, run the file along the blade from the base to the tip, following the contour of the blade.
- Apply firm pressure, but not too much force, to ensure that the file cuts through the metal.
- Continue filling the blade until you achieve your desired level of sharpness. Check the sharpness of the blade with your finger, being careful not to cut yourself.
- Flip the machete over and repeat the process on the other side of the blade.
- Use the corner of the file to sharpen the serrated teeth, if your machete has them.
- After sharpening the machete, wipe the blade with a clean towel or cloth to remove any metal filings.
Note: When sharpening your machete with a file, it’s important to wear gloves to protect your hands from any accidents or cuts. Additionally, it’s a good idea to secure the machete in a vise to prevent it from moving during the sharpening process.
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.