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Sharpening full size breacher bar.

Discussion in 'Knives' started by rickinFL, Jul 1, 2012.

  1. rickinFL

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    I am considering purchasing a full size breacher from county comm. I like the idea of sharpening it. I don't have the equipment on hand to do so. Curious if anyone else has sharpened the bar and if you had someone (lawn mower shop?) do this for you. I figured my lawn mower blade also needed sharpening so perhaps i'll ask if they can handle this item as well. Just wondering what kind of look I am going to get...
     
  2. mrlysle

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    Just tell 'em you're gonna use it if your lawnmower breaks down! :rofl:
     
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    A friend from Blade, DahlKen, did mine.
    They are made of much tougher steel than most mower blades....ask for an estimate, first!
     
  4. Ted Andkilde

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    I think a lawnmower shop would make a hash of it. Do you have a buddy that works at a machine shop?

    Cheers, Ted
     
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    I did it with diligent use of disc grinder, belt sander, a file and to finish, diamond sharpener. Figured it I screwed it up, could redo it. Worked out OK, my bar didn't end up an inch wide. ;)
     
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    The edge your typical lawnmower shop is capable of producing is probably the same as what the breacher bar comes with stock.

    If you want it to perform in similar capacity to a knife, I suggest contacting one of the many amateur knife makers or modifiers on this and other forums as well as on youtube. They will likely, for a modest fee, regrind the edge in a fashion more suitable to daily cutting tasks.
     
  7. rickinFL

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    I emailed him. Thanks.
     
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    I bought a few a couple of weeks ago and painted a few with rust-o-leum, but was also thinking of trying my best at making one a cop tool.
     
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    I sharpened mine on the belt grinder at work. I just followed the factory bevels.
     
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    All I had was a bench vise and a grinding wheel for a hand drill, with some finishing touches applied via a file. It worked out pretty good. A bench grinder or similar tool would have worked better.
     
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    My friend is a black smith in SLC he's sharpened crazy stuff like that for me. Check your area for one.
     
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    Hey I really wasn't trying to be smart before, I was just thinking about your question, " wonder what kind of look I'll get?" Lol.
    Now I want to contribute something actually useful! :) The one thing I would be careful of, is the tendency of folks to get impatient when they're grinding and have to remove some metal. I've watched it before, and before I wised up, was guilty of it myself, particularly when sharpening badly dinged mower blades. You go too fast, and next thing you know, you've got the steel glowing red where its the thinnest. You just don't want somebody in a big hurry messing up the temper in your breacher bar, and ruining it. Word to the wise my friend! :)

    Jeffro :)
     
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    I used a dremel with a stone bit...it didn't work out too well. If I did it again I would use a bench grinder. Cause it's pretty hard steel.
     
  14. rickinFL

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    free job at the lawnmower shop. Plenty sharp for my use.
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