Any gardener knows that pruners are used to cut and trim everything from trees to hedges. However, if the pruners are not sharp, this could definitely do way more damage than good. That is because blunt blades can actually bruise, tear or crush plant tissue. This, in turn, can lead to the plant developing some type of serious disease. Sharpened tools, though, works quick and efficiently. Find out below exactly how to sharpen your pruners.
Step 1. Wash the Pruners
Begin by washing your pruners in warm, soapy water. This will get rid of any grime or sap that is crusted onto your bladed. Then, after you let the pruners soak for a while, dry them off and remove any rust that may be built on with a medium-coarse steel wool.
Step 2. Secure the Pruners
Open up your pruners all the way so that the edge of the cutting blade is now facing you. We recommend putting them in some kind of bench vise during this step so that you are better protected. You should also wear goggles and gloves to keep your eyes and hands safe.
Step 3. File the Pruners
Grab a medium-sized diamond hand file and start rubbing that against the blades of your pruners. During this step, the stroke of the file should be going towards the tip. You want to use some pressure, making sure that the angle of your file stays the same throughout the whole process. Remember, you should always file your blades away from your body. In about 10 to 20 strokes, your blades should start sharpening up. Once you notice that, continue rubbing the blade a few more times until the edge is fully refined.
Step 4. Eliminate Raised Edges
Next, you should turn your pruners completely over. After that, pick up your file again and start stroking the flat side of your blade. You want to get rid of any raised edges that may have built over time.
Step 5. Oil the Pruners
With some linseed oil, wipe over your newly sharpened blade. This will prevent any rust from accumulating, as well as keep the metal in its original condition. From here out, you should use a soft cloth soaked in oil to clean your pruners after every single time you use it.