How to Sharpen a Curved Gardening Knife

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  1. Kevin Cowans

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    I have something I used to use at work for various types of sharpening, it's basically a diamond coated steel rod similar to what chefs use for sharpening knives.
     
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    Hello Kevin, it doesn't look as though there's a locking mechanism where the blade joins the handle, so first things first, secure it well with tape so it can't close back on your fingers. An ordinary sharpening stone will give it back it's edge. https://www.amazon.co.uk/sharpening-stone-garden-tools/s?k=sharpening+stone+for+garden+tools I use a Draper 'cigar' design for all my garden tools as it's versatile for all sorts of blades, whether secateurs, knives, hoes or edging shears, but the flattened types probably work just as well. There are many techniques available, wet, dry, oily etc. and just as many recommendations :)
     
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    According to the product description, the blade is 'stainless steel' , which will be difficult to hone to keep its edge. Better would have been a carbon steel but it is what it is. The diamond stick @pete mentions should work. Always work behind the cutting edge!! and securely clamp the blade in a vice. If you have a 'Family butcher' , he may do the initial job for you for a beer!(dont ask on a busy Saturday......) or you could PM @Retired ?
     
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    Hello all

    Thanks for the Replies.

    I will look at getting one of the Sharpening Tools referenced.

    Thanks for your Help

    Kevin
     
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      It will take a while to profile the ground edge to a sharp one ! As a woodworker, 'scary sharp' is the way to go, but 180g-320g-600g would be a start. Going on 800g-1200g-1600g is for aficionados and those with time on their hands.
       
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      As @infradig says, I'm not a fan of stainless steel either, it doesn't really hold a good edge for long.
      Of course as with any tool it's how you treat it and what you cut with it that will make a difference.
       
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