View Full Version : easiest way to sharpen a tomahawk?

09-29-2011, 02:27 AM
alright so i plan on getting a cold steel trail hawk whats the best/ and or easiest way to get it and keep it razor sharp?

09-29-2011, 02:37 AM
Lansky makes a puck sharpener that is easy to use and works well. I also use the lansky diamond rod sharpener. Sharpening a hawk/axe is less difficult than it appears but it does take practice! Remember circular motions with your hand helps put a nice convex edge on a hawk/axe and aids in the tools splitting ability

Ray Mears - How to sharpen an axe at camp, Bushcraft Survival - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfY8HY50dGU)

09-29-2011, 09:45 AM
A belt sander.

09-29-2011, 09:50 AM
Belt sander or rough mill file, followed by a puck or waterstones should do the trick...


09-29-2011, 09:54 AM
Hand it to Tennecedar and say something like "I wish the edge on this was better." It a few minutes, it will be.;):1:

09-29-2011, 10:46 AM
Had to sand mine down and convex it myself. Took me a good week and a half to get the right convex on it. The edge is now convex but with a thicker shoulder and a thiner edge, has kept it from rolling or chipping even when I tested it on some Hedge fence poles and some tough downed oak.

I just used wet/dry sandpaper and elbow grease brother, took forever but i got it done.


09-29-2011, 10:49 AM
I asked the same question a couple weeks ago, you might find the responses from that thread helpful: