Hatchet vs axe sharpening

CasePeanut

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I’m going to sharpen a small hatchet (14” Estwing) and wondering if the same angles and method as a larger axe applies.

Lots of axe sharpening tutorials online but very little specific to smaller hatchets.
 
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I’m going to sharpen a small hatchet (14” Estwing) and wondering if the same angles and method as a larger axe applies.

Lots of axe sharpening tutorials online but very little specific to smaller hatchets.

Is pretty much the same.
Personally I am a little more inclined to thin the blade on a hatchet as the collision forces are less and anything that improves chopping with the smaller mass of the hatchet is a plus. The one in this video is an absolute beast for its size after some TLC.

 

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^Yup. Basically this. Same as an axe, possibly thinner. It's not really that different.
 

David Martin

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I'll thin the face of the hatchet as Heavy suggest. This improves limb work. Then the edge bevel / edge angle I put on the hatchet or ax (a splitting ax I go steeper) is 21-22* edge angle or it will curl
after chopping a limb or two. So, lift the hammer as you sharpen. I have a Estwing hatchet with stacked leather handle and that's
the manner I ended up doing it after a few tries. Now the edge doesn't curl. DM
 
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The angle of thickness is different as you move up the axe bit. Most axes have a 30-40 degree angle at the end of the bit and a 15-20 degree angle about ½” from the cutting edge. Most people sharpen over 20 degree to enhance edge toughness and retention.
 

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Taking the time to thin the face is important for performance. You can do it on a coarse SiC stone. DM
 
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