In contrast to your heavier and blunter splitting maul, a splitting axe needs more special care and attention in order to keep a sharp edge and split through the fibers of a log. This means that even the highest quality axes will require you to purchase an axe sharpener to go along with it. That being said, there are a wide variety of sharpeners for you to choose from, ranging from more traditional means such as a sharpening stone to more modern technology such as a power grinder. We’ll give you the best of each to help aid in your decision.
Lansky Dual Grit Sharpener
The Lansky Dual Grit Sharpener is one of the most versatile sharpening stones you could ask for. You can use it to not only sharpen axes, but also hatchets, knives, shovels, spades, machetes, and even lawn mower blades. Plus, it can fit in your own pocket, so you can carry it with you wherever you go. The shape and size of the Dual Grit are what earned it its rightful nickname: the Puck.
The contoured shape of the Dual Grit Sharpener makes it very easy to grasp as you sharpen the axe, but that same dual grit also means that it’s very effective at sharpening whatever tools you need sharpened. Granted, as a typical axe sharpening stone, the Dual Grit Sharpener by Lansky cannot give your axe the fine edge it needs for maximum efficiency.
Instead, the dual grit sharpener is intended to be used for tools that use brute power, and can still give your blade a serviceable edge if it’s pretty bad. In other words, you won’t be able to sharpen your axe’s blade to the point that it could split a hair in two, but you can sharpen it to the point that it can split or chop through a set of logs.
Bottom line: if you‘re away from your power grinder and you need a log splitting task to be done now, the portable Lansky Dual Grit Sharpener serves as a temporary solution to fix your axe’s edge before you return home to your power grinder. That’s one of the primary limitations of the Lansky sharpener, but it’s also a limitation that it shares with other axe sharpening stones as well.
Nonetheless, the portability and versatility of the Lansky Dual Grit Sharpener makes it a worthy companion to have by your side while splitting firewood. It’s more of an “on-the-move” instrument and is a useful tool that you can stow in your backpack on your next camping trip or keep next to your fireplace in the backyard.
Grit Sharpener Specifications:
Dimensions: 8.7 x 3.8 x 1.2 inches
Overall Weight: 7.2 Ounces
Warranty: One Year
Fiskars Axe and Knife Sharpener
Moving forward to modern axe sharpening technology, give careful consideration to the Fiskars Axe and Knife Sharpener. As the name of the product suggests, this sharpener will serve you well for axes and knives alike.
While a safety guard will keep your digits well protected while sharpening, the smooth ceramic wheels will ensure that your blade is sharpened in just a matter of minutes.
One of the additional steps required for a sharpening stone is that you need to collect the shavings from the blade, which is quite a hassle and can actually take longer than the actual sharpening itself. However, this Fiskars axe sharpener includes a compartment where you can collect the blade’s shavings; this compartment is also very easy to open and close, adding to its convenience.
To use the axe sharpener, you’ll need to insert the blade into the slot, and then roll it back and forth at a thirty degree angle on the running ceramic wheel for only one to two minutes. Because the Fiskars axe sharpener can literally sharpen an axe or knife blade in just a matter of minutes, in less than a half hour you could have most if not all of your blades sharpened and ready to go.
The risk of an accident will be extremely low thanks to the safety guards that protect your fingers, as well as the non-slip pads that allow you to hold the device with much stability.
Fiskars, a reputable company from Finland, is well known for making high quality axes, knives, and other tools. Their axe and knife sharpener will therefore be a natural companion alongside tools that you choose to buy from them, such as the X15 Chopping Wood Axe or any others they offer.
Axe Sharpener Specifications:
Length: 8.8 inches
Height: 3 inches
Width: 2.5 inches
Overall Weight: 4.8 ounces
Country of Origin: Finland