Tool Care: Keep tools sharp + clean

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Tool Care

By goldfinch4
December 16, 2011

Take care of your tools. Sharpening and cleaning them will prolong the life of the tools and they will perform better. It’s much easier to dig with a sharp shovel, and sharp pruners will not crush stems as you cut.

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Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Dec 15, 2011 6:06 PM CST
It also helps to oil them if you won't be using them for a few days or weeks.

Automobile oil, used auto oil, and mineral oil are all good.

Maybe keep a bucket with some coarse sand or gravel and some oil, them mix it up and plunge to shovel blade a few times to clean and oil it. But it's easier to spray the shovel with water, let dry, and rub with oily rag.

I put mineral oil and/or beeswax and/or parafin in wooden handles, because they get a lot of rain on them.

You can even rub some Johnson's Wax on a steel tool before winter storage. The wax dries to a hard film. But oil works about as well and is easier.
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Dec 15, 2011 8:34 PM CST
I agree
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Aguane
Dec 15, 2011 9:36 PM CST
Where's my sharpening stone Blinking Crying
I used to have it nearby. Several household moves later and it's forgotten. Must be around here somewhere Confused
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Dec 15, 2011 11:04 PM CST
Yeah! YEAH!

A file works too, even an angle grinder, but not as well
I used to have two hardened steel sharpening guides, one of them a great Buck HoneMaster, lost long ago in a move, in a box that neve5r made it to the new place. (GRR!)

Now I make do with flimsy, shaky plastic cheap things.
Oh, well, that made me learn to hold knives more steadily by hand.

DMT Knife Sharpening Guide
http://www.amazon.com/DMT-ABG-Aligner-Blade-Guide/dp/B00004W...

http://www.amazon.com/ADELUXE-Aligner-Deluxe-Knife-Sharpenin...

With a magnetic dingus added, and a video:
http://www.amazon.com/DMT-DMG-Magna-Guide-Sharpening-Accesso...

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