AccuSharp manufactures quite a few different sharpeners, but one caught my eye: the GardenSharp Tool Sharpener. I use a knife sharpener all the time to keep up the edge on my cooking and fillet knives, but I never thought about using a similar tool on my garden tools.
As with woodworking tools, power tool accessories, and kitchen utensils, tools that are properly sharp perform better and are often safer to use.
The GardenSharp can be used sharpen single-edged tools, such as pruning shears, hoes, shovels, and even lawnmower blades.
If drawing a tool like the GardenSharp down a sharp blade sounds a little scary, that’s why they have a built-in hand and finger guard. You should still follow the tool’s instructions and use an abundance of caution.
To use the GardenSharp, you match the sharpener’s blades to the beveled side of the tool’s cutting edge. Then, holding the GardenSharp perpendicular to the flat side of the cutting edge, you pull the sharpener along the edge, repeating as many times as necessary. If a certain tool is a little awkward to sharpen, you can take the sharpener apart and reverse the tungsten carbide cutters to get a different angle.
The first time you use the GardenSharp, it will modify the angle of the cutting edge to match that of the tool’s carbide cutters. It might take a couple of passes of the sharpener to do this. AccuSharp claims that, once the angles match up, it should only take 2 to 3 passes to bring the edge back to proper sharpness. If you are using this to sharpen your lawnmower blade, they give you a special warning to make sure the blade is balanced before re-installing it back in the mower.
There’s a general usage warning that is worth repeating:
If you get the GardenSharp dirty while sharpening all of those outdoor tools, AccuSharp says you can wash it with soap and water, as it is made from materials that won’t rust.
If you are still wary of using a sharpener like this, the good news is it won’t cost you much to it out. The GardenSharp is priced at around $9 at online retailers such as Amazon and Walmart.
You can also buy replacement cutters, which fit most AccuSharp sharpener models, for $5 at Amazon.