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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.

  • chickychicky Posts: 10,390

    I use a little sharpening stone - got it from Amazon I think (other sites are availableimage)

  • Artemis3Artemis3 Posts: 724

    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?

  • Artemis3Artemis3 Posts: 724

    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:

    Good garden centres should have them.

    Good luck!

  • Artemis3Artemis3 Posts: 724

    Thank you, Danae, that's most helpful.  image

    PS I've re-read my first post. The second sentence is unintentionally funny. image

  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

    Have a look on Youtube. Lots of videos for sharpening tools.

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • Artemis3Artemis3 Posts: 724

    Hi Hogweed

    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. image

  • Artemis3Artemis3 Posts: 724

    Hi Mike

    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. image

  • Allotment BoyAllotment Boy Posts: 6,411

    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.

    AB Still learning

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