As we know it by now the breitaxt – sticking with the original German – is crucially a single beveled axe. In our last few meetings it has been about the broad and non-beveled, what I so much like calling, “back-side” of the axe, (but more on that is coming). I have given attention now to this beveled side, one might almost call it the third side that’s been attended to on this refurbishment: As a review I repeat,
I’ll be open about it and put it right up front that I began this bevel work at the water cooled, low rpm, grinding machine. I began even earlier, with the full intention of having the sharpening shop do the initial grind but my lack of faith – sorely tested – in that option given the nature (compound forge welded construction) of the axe was the motivation to do it myself.
Grinding free-handed at the grinder was not going well and thinking on the other possibilities it struck me to try a file.
With the back-side duly protected from getting scratched I configured a clamping solution which was awkward yet effective in the sharpening room, the edge of the axe well clear of the bench so I had room to get at it.
I kept watch on the edge by highlighting it from the side with a small light to show spots calling out for additional file attention.
This proved helpful in light of my failing eye-sight and the ambient lighting conditions of the metal shop which is also the horse stall.
The file as shown by the filings in the previous photos and the deep cuts to the bevel’s surface in the preceding one works fast at removing the steel. It proves to be one of the good and suitable methods in this instance.
And here is the final indication that the conditions have been established where a keen and durable cutting edge can be got at. I’m referring pointedly to the visible wire edge now perceptible from around on the back-side. At this point it is rough and non-continuous due to the course file work but with stone work will be getting in good condition for indicating a sharp edge.
Here the edge visible through at the back of the lighter colored blurred wire edge down lower in the photo that will now be worked till it falls off, (this being a look along the back side of the blade).
By the way, the final punctuation ending the previous paragraph is not some kind of snaggel-toothed emotiecon for your information but actual punctuation.