How to fix and sharpen a damaged Pfiel 7/10 sweep gouge

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02-06-2010 12:14 AM

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I have a Pfiel #7/10mm sweep gouge and it accidentally fell on a concrete floor, I have not bought any sharpening equipment to date and have never sharpened one before as it has always stayed sharp till now, looking closely at the edge of the gouge you can easily see where very, very small parts of the edge were chipped away on impact.

What should I get to fix this and resharpen it or is it even possible I saw a honing block with some compound but is that going to be enough?


-- Frank, Dallas,TX , , “I have a REALLY BIG chainsaw”

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#1 posted 02-06-2010 12:22 AM

Does this help?

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#2 posted 02-06-2010 12:45 AM

Thanx Timbo, but I am afraid I would just ruin it, I would rather just try to do it by hand a little at a time.

-- Frank, Dallas,TX , , “I have a REALLY BIG chainsaw”



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#3 posted 02-06-2010 01:00 AM

Not trying to be a smarta$%$$%s but do have or know anyone with a tormek sharpening systym?? My manual has instructions as how to do it. These guys are real good about answering any questions. If you were close I’d let you ue mine. just trying to help. JIM

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#4 posted 02-06-2010 02:21 AM

Thanx Jim for the link: but naw I am in such a rural area I doubt anyone ever seen one, I was just looking at this Super-Duper Dremel tool kit I got for Xmas and it has a bunch of different shaped grinding wheels and sharpening implements, I might just put the gouge in a vise and try to get it close with that and then find an old timer knive sharpener around here and get them to do the final stropping on it. Then I will just give this one to my son for practicing “since he dropped it” :) and buy me a new one….

Thanx and be well..

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#5 posted 02-06-2010 03:59 AM

You can use the Dremel but you need to be careful to get a proper bevel angle. Pfiel carving tools have a very acute bevel angle on them and I prefer to regrind them to about 20º.

First establish the location of the new cutting edge by grinding at 90º to the body of the gouge. Only remove enough steel to remove the damage. A belt sander would be a good option for this. If you’ve got red felt tip pen or some similar color, color the flat you just ground. It helps to have magnification for grinding the bevel and you need to be able to see that colored flat as you grind. Using the flat as a visual guide, regrind the bevel. Stop grinding when you just have a very fine hair-line of the colored flat left and move to slips and honing stones.

Or you could go to Lie-Nielsen’s site and buy my DVD on sharpening profiled hand tools and get this same information.

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