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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.