Sharpening Garden Tools By Hand

Sharpening garden tools is fairly easy, and you don’t need to pay anyone to do it

Sharpening garden tools by hand may seem like a minor way of saving money, but it’s more frugal than you might think… and like all these other ways that we show you to save cash, it’s a good way to squeeze a few bucks out of the household budget here and there so you can use it better elsewhere.

So with that humble intent, we present a simple, effective tool sharpening method.

Why Bother?

Some might tell that you it’s easier to pay someone to sharpen tools for you, and that’s fine if you don’t care about the money. But obviously you do, or you wouldn’t be here. So if you have an extra hour, what’s wrong with saving the cash with a DIY effort?

If you have a mechanical grinder, cool; but you needn’t buy one to sharpen your tools, so you can bypass that expense. Hand sharpening is easy, and it’ll extend your tool life. The grinder will peel off much more metal than a plain file.

As for why you should bother to sharpen your tools regularly, the benefits are that you use less energy when the tools are sharp, you get your work done more quickly, and your tools will last longer. All those things translate into money, in the long run.

The Process

This sharpening process works for any edged tools, including digging tools and pruning tools. All you need are a bucket of water, some bleach, a scrub brush, sturdy gloves, a flat metal file, paper towels, and a can of WD-40.

Start by using the scrub brush to thoroughly clean the tool, especially the working edge. Once the tool is clean, put on your gloves, then lay the file on the existing bevel of the tool’s edge and start working your way down the edge away from you in short, firm strokes.

Be very careful here! You can easily slice open a finger against a sharpened edge. Once the working edge is sharp, turn over the tool and remove any burs or overhangs from the opposite edge.

Finishing Touches

Once you’ve sharpened all your tools, discard the dirty water in the bucket, refill it, and add a cup of bleach. Let the tools soak in this disinfectant solution for a few minutes, then take them out and let them dry. When they’re dry, spray on a thin coat of WD-40 to protect them from corrosion, and wipe away the excess.

That’s basically it. Just rack the tools off the ground, and they’ll stay clean and sharp, awaiting their next use. See? Sharpening garden tools is easy!