Sharpening a machete with a stone is a useful skill to have, especially if you are planning to use your machete for outdoor activities like camping or hiking. Here’s how to do it:
Materials you will need:
- A sharpening stone (either a natural stone or an artificial one)
- A towel or cloth
- A pair of gloves (optional)
Steps to sharpen your machete with a stone:
- Soak the stone in water for at least 10 minutes before use. This will help keep the stone lubricated while you sharpen your machete.
- 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 sharpening stone with your non-dominant hand and place it against the machete blade at an angle of around 20 degrees.
- Using your dominant hand, slide the blade down the stone in a smooth motion, maintaining the same angle throughout the process. Use moderate pressure, but not too much force.
- Repeat this process on the other side of the blade, holding the stone at the same angle and applying the same pressure.
- Continue to alternate between both sides of the blade until you have sharpened it to your desired level of sharpness.
- Check the blade’s sharpness by running your finger gently along the edge. Be careful not to cut yourself!
- After sharpening the machete, wipe the blade with a clean towel or cloth to remove any metal filings.
- Rinse the stone with water and dry it thoroughly.
Note: When sharpening your machete, be sure to wear gloves to protect your hands from any accidents or cuts.
This is another useful method that helps you to sharpen your machete. For this, you need no specific machine or tool. Just have a stone, a rock a bowl of water, and the beacon. The last one is required if you are using artificial stone. To use this method, you only need to focus on the pattern and the right method.
To use this cheap method for sharpening the blade, first put the stone in the water. Then keep the stone in a firm position and drag the blade upward and downward position till you feel that you have reached acquired sharpness. Keep the blade in a perpendicular position and then move from the base of the stone to the tip. Along with moving the blade in a circular motion to get the proper sharpness of the blade.
There are a lot of stones available in the market. You can choose the one with high quality. You can spend a little more to save your weapon. This is because choosing low-quality stone may lower the blade grading. Some of the common water stones available in the market are. These vary according to their size as well as the grit value.
- 220 grit: It is for giving a new shape to your blade
- 300 grit: the main purpose is to edge to the dull blade
- 1000 grit: meant for all types of knife sharpening. You can use it as a kitchen knife and also
- 1200 grit: effective for sharpening the delicate blades
- 2000 grit: Best for use on a regular basis. It does not wear off too many particles from the machete blade
- 3000 grit: it gives a blade a finer finish and excellent sharpness.
- 5000 grit: it sane extraordinary high-quality blade sharpening that provides the finest sharpness to the blade. Most professionals use this type f stone.
- 8000 grit: it gives the superfine fine and excellent sharpness.