Additional Tool Care Tips

  • The best way to maintain sharpness is to use a flat file, followed by a whetstone. Accidents are less likely when using tools that are sharp.
  • Faces on striking tools can also be maintained best with a flat file. Maintain the convex face and chamfer as it originally appears.
  • Prevent rust by wiping or spraying metal parts with light oil during long periods of storage.
  • To replace a wooden handle, first clean the eye thoroughly. Fit the new handle with a rasp or sandpaper. Store the handle overnight in a warm, dry room to ensure dryness. The handle should be driven in tight, and then drive the wood wedge as far as possible. Saw the handle flush with the tool head.
  • Replace steel wedges as needed.
  • Don not use a tool with a loose or broken handle.
  • Do not use an axe as a wedge.
  • Do not strike a hardened tool with another hardened tool.
  • Be sure that bystanders are in a safe location. This is especially true for children!
  • Always wear safety goggle when using edge and striking tools.