My tools need sharpening but I have no idea what to use or how. I would be very helpful for your advice.
I have a sharpening wheel I use a lot and I also use a specific sharpening stick I use for my hand tools.
I think there are a bunch of possibilities you can find in garden centers or tool shops.
I use a little sharpening stone - got it from Amazon I think (other sites are available)
Hi walleghemstefaan, thank you for your reply. I don't think I have even heard of sharpening wheels, except, perhaps in a Hardy novel. I imagine that would need a proper table etc. As for the stones, I've seen a whole selection but, again, are they all the same or a particular sort works better in your experience?
Thank you, Chicky, I'll take a look.
Hi Artemis, I must admit we use a local man who sells, sharpens, repairs garden tools, as well as collects and delivers them. Not inexpensive but very good.
I know Felco are supposed to be very good garden tool suppliers, so I went to their website and here's what I found: http://www.worldoffelco.co.uk/accessories
Good garden centres should have them.
Thank you, Danae, that's most helpful.
PS I've re-read my first post. The second sentence is unintentionally funny.
Have a look on Youtube. Lots of videos for sharpening tools.
Thank you for the suggestion. I don't know why I didn't think of it myself! I suppose my sense of panic, Gosh, nothing is working feeling, propelled me headlong to this board.
Our village had a marvellous man in a little shop where everybody took everything for repair or sharpening. He used to do my mother's kitchen knives too. He retired a couple of years ago and thus my sense of panic!
I've taken a look. Yes, lots of visual advice there. Thank you.
Thank you for your wonderfully detailed post. I've googled carborundum (!) and I know there's an old one of those in the shed. So, that's what it's for!
I have a confession to make, whenever I've tried dismantling anything I've always ended up with spare screws! I'm that confident a mechanic...BUT, I will improve, I promise.
I use a DTM diamond file for secateurs & flower snips, (not as expensive as you might think). I use a conventional files for larger tools such as hoe, spade etc. Sharpening (grit) stones work well too.