Axe Sharpening 101

Understanding how to sharpen and maintain the most important of wilderness tools is a skill every woodsman or woodswoman should posess.

What are other students saying?

  • More Than Worth The Money

    Bud Heywood

    This is a video course I will watch again and again. He has corrected what I have been doing wrong all these years and reinforced what I have been doing righ...

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    This is a video course I will watch again and again. He has corrected what I have been doing wrong all these years and reinforced what I have been doing right. I love how throughout the course he stresses "Safety First." Take the time and sign up!

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  • Top of the line!!

    percy white

    I’m 70 years old,, still learning,, Pleasure to learn,, hand it down & watch the great attitudes come out!!! Thankyou Hank!! My kind of People!!!!!!

    I’m 70 years old,, still learning,, Pleasure to learn,, hand it down & watch the great attitudes come out!!! Thankyou Hank!! My kind of People!!!!!!

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  • Very good

    mario parralejo

    Thank you for the informacion

    Thank you for the informacion

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  • excellent

    Charles Bennett

    Very clearly described and filmed. Easy to understand and concise. The video was actually kind of relaxing and fun to watch and I feel confident I can shar...

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    Very clearly described and filmed. Easy to understand and concise. The video was actually kind of relaxing and fun to watch and I feel confident I can sharpen an axe better than most now.

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A message from your Instructor

Abe Lincoln

Abe Lincoln

"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe."

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Safety & Axe Preparation
    • Safety Discussion
    • Axe Handle Checking & Preparation
    • A Discussion about Bevels
    • Axe Head Checking, Polishing, and Preparation
    • Holding Your Axe for Sharpening [BONUS: How to Make an Axe Board]
  • 2
    Sharpening: Phase I
    • Preparing Your File
    • Sharpening with a File
  • 3
    Sharpening: Phase II
    • How to Make Your Own Sharp Stick [Reptile Toolworks Secret]
    • Sharpening with a Stone & Sharpening Stick
  • 4
    Sharpening: Phase III
    • Stropping Your Axe to Razor Sharp [and how to make an Axe Strop]
  • 5
    Improvised Sheath
    • Improvised Sheath from Cardboard & Duct Tape