Sharpening tales, questions and answers: warped saw blades, sickle bar mowers, and more!


Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

It’s time again to answer some burning questions that have shown up in search engine searches to this blog and the sharpening shop website!

1. Is a cordwood saw of use?

Absolutely! Aside from the fact that at least one company I know of is making brand new cordwood saws (Vermont Woodsman), I’ve done a lot of cordwood saw work for customers, ranging from classic saw blades to sharpening to complete cordwood saw setups! It’s apparent that, far from being dead, cordwood saws are still finding a lot of use out there.

2. Is my warped saw blade useless?

If it’s a circular saw blade, dump it in the trash immediately. I can straighten many bent handsaw and crosscut saw blades, some are recoverable and some are not, depending on the way that they’re bent.

3. (This question is about sickle bar mower sharpening.)

By far, the best tool for sharpening a sickle bar mower knife is the classic hand cranked or foot treadle grindstone. Some things it’s hard to improve on :).

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