|03-31-2011, 03:57 AM||#1|
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Wabash IN
I thought this might be of use to someone.
When I sharpen files, I use acid. After killing a couple with sulfuric acid, I just started warming up acetic acid (vinegar) and using that.
It's pretty simple:
1. Prepare the vinegar: place in a glass container, microwave for a couple minutes 'til it starts to boil, and take it out. I place it on a hotplate on "low", but this is not essential.
2. I prepare the files by running them under hot water and scrubbing them with a steel brush.
3. Place the files into the acid bath.
You should have a reaction like this.
4. Take them out after five to 10 minutes.
Repeat steps 1-4, rinsing and drying at the end. Oil well, and let sit.
This can be done a couple, few times before the files are beyond repair, and they'll never be as sharp as new files.
However, acid is the only way I know of sharpening these, and it works well enough.
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