A Call From A Mobile Alabama Sporting Goods Store
I kind of got a shock when the guy calling told me he was the assistant manager of a Mobile Alabama Sporting Goods Store. The call concerned the sharpening of a hatchet made of D2 tool steel. The guy told me he was aware of the difficulty in sharpening anything made of D2 steel but asked my recommendation.
As I usually always do, I recommended the hatchet be sharpened by hand with a file and whetstones.
- Start with a mill file and proceed as you would if sharpening an axe.
- Follow the file sharpening with a medium to coarse whetstone. Go easy with the whetsone and look for the pattern or traces the whetstone leaves on the hatchet. If you can easily see the swirls, stroke patter or traces, you probably have too coarse a whetstone for use on D2 steel. Select a finer whetstone.
- Be patient. Really. D2 steel is intended to be tough and long lasting. That means it will not give in easily to being sharpened but one it has an edge, it will hold that edge for a very long time.
Published: February 25, 2015