While we had a little cold front over the weekend, we're enjoying a few mild January days again before the next predicted cold blast comes (Wednesday). In anticipation of our annual tree pruning, I made good use of a warm afternoon and gathered the garden tools that need a little sharpening.
Mostly, pruners in the group. My wonderful husband handles heavy duty sharpening on shovels and such. He usually uses a metal file for them. I use a stone with a little honing oil on the pruners and even on a couple of my favorite hoes. Now, if the hoes had a big notch or something, they'd go to the file first.
I put a couple drops of the oil on the stone and then rub it in one direction only along the cutting edge of the tool. Sometimes, it doesn't seem like much is happening, but the shiny edge that appears tells you it is working.
Getting a little edge on things makes such a difference. There are tons of online tutorials for how to sharpen different types of tools. Sharp tools make the job so much easier. A little time with a stone or file can save you a lot of effort later. It's a great little winter project for a warm day. Daydreaming about all the flowers I'm going to cut for arrangements this summer while sharpening the hand pruners is fun too!
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