Sharpening a Pick Axe

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How to sharpen a pick axe; get professional tips and advice from an expert carpenter on how to sharpen carpentry tools in this free instructional video. View Video Transcript

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Fred Carson

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FRED CARSON: Hi! My name is Fred Carson. I'm from Carson Saw Shop in Eugene, Oregon. I've been sharpening tools for over 30 years and I'm here with Expert Village. All right we have a pick here and they do work better when they're sharp especially if you're in dry soil. And we're going to sharpen this edge. This is pretty blunt right now and the little point here, we have those sharp but kind of semi-sharp actually works best. Go over here. We're looking for the wire edge to come up here and then on the other side you want to see if the bevel is about the same on both the right and the left side. And it's important to keep it cool while you're grinding. All right go over it. Looking good there and I'm going to flip the pick over and the little hand goes here. Best to kind of have square, point square edges and not rounded over helps a little bit, it's a plain old pick, for those wire edges to come up a little bit. It's kind of awkward to get all the edges here. On pick you don't really wanted it to be too awful sharp so we'll kinda blunt if of a little bit. Now we have square corner on then. That's looking pretty sure out pick.