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Old 08-02-2009, 02:18 PM
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How do you sharpen an Exacto blade?

Sorry to bother you. I have realised that my blade has become very blunt and would like to know how to sharpen it, I have the stone thing I just can't get a sharp tip on it I actually think I have made the tip even more blunt lol
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Old 08-02-2009, 03:05 PM
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Re: How do you sharpen an Exacto blade?

I use a very narrow sharpener so that I focus on just the very tip of the blade. It is about all I use anyway. I carefully hold the sharp edge about 30 degrees(?) angle and pull it toward me for one side and push it away from me for the other side. I ALWAYS make sure the sharp edge is never coming at me though. It is rather difficult to explain. Maybe one of the more techno type folks on here can make a video and put on the site. Do not try to sharpen against the blade. Bad things will happen!
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Re: How do you sharpen an Exacto blade?

I usually will just throw them away and use a new one.
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Old 08-02-2009, 04:05 PM
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Re: How do you sharpen an Exacto blade?

I throw them away as well.

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Re: How do you sharpen an Exacto blade?

I used to sharpen mine using a fine grit wet stone. I could get an edge, but it never stayed sharp as long as a new blade did.
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Re: How do you sharpen an Exacto blade?

I just use a new blade, too...you should see my collection of old ones! They are still sharp enough to cut stuff so I use them everywhere but on scratch again.
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Re: How do you sharpen an Exacto blade?

Thanks for all the help everyone! I think I might just get new ones instead of shapening the blades.
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Old 08-03-2009, 06:25 AM
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Re: How do you sharpen an Exacto blade?

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Originally Posted by 03ahmed
Thanks for all the help everyone! I think I might just get new ones instead of shapening the blades.

Heh

I wanna be all "Jab ya in the ribs", Sarcastic but I'll be nice and say...

Good Idea!

and or

If you want something thats resharpenable get your self a Tungsten tipped tool. There are several kinds to choose from and just about all of them you can resharpen.

WITH

One of these or something similar.(See marks post in the let's talk about thread)
http://www.edarts.net/access/hookdart.shtml
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Old 08-03-2009, 01:32 PM
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Re: How do you sharpen an Exacto blade?

Do you have a link for the tungsten tipped tool. I'd be interested in it.
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Re: How do you sharpen an Exacto blade?

I am a toolmaker by trade and if you have to sharpen something like a blade I would use a fine drum roll on a dremel. (wear safety goggles)

also lay the blade against something flat so it doesn't flex away.

a very fine stone after that will increase its sharpness. I always stone towards the cutting edge otherwise you keep rolling a microscopic burr over the edge.
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