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post #11 of 44 Old 01-26-2014, 08:02 PM
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SHARPENING: Get a diamond type sharpening steel and do not EVER use a file to sharpen a knife.
Occasionally knives get damaged, people get slack about keeping sharp or use them for other things... then I find a file is good to recut an edge(or have cut an edge onto a one-sided hook knife to make it double sided/handed), but agree that it's best not to use a file at all regularly - the knife won't last long if you do - but aim to keep a good edge on it with regular sharpening with steel or find diamond grit.
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Is there a trick to keeping your rasp sharp? I seem to go through a lot of them.
I had this same problem. I started using a stiff wire brush (like for a bbq) on the hooves before doing any rasping to keep all the tiny sand particles and things from dulling the rasp. I also found a huge difference in one brand from another - The diamond rasp I use dulled after a few trims, whereas my Bellota top sharp is nearly a year old and still very sharp! I just got a new Bellota, this time trying out the "razor" version, but will keep my old one as a back up. The diamond went in the trash.
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^Yep, use a good quality rasp, Bassoli, Belotta & Save Edge are some good ones. Don't rasp stones, sand, nails, etc. Don't let it get wet - they go rusty when looking at water! I spray my tools & tool roll with CRC. Kero's tip of using a wire brush(one of the well used tools in my roll) before trimming is a good one - properly cleaned hooves, inc digging out what crud you can in separated areas, will prolong the life of your tools.
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I am currently looking to buy better knives (the ones I have are really bad quality steel) and I also need a sharpening tool. I saw that someone mentioned that the Anvil knife would be a good one, would the Anvil AB Diamond Hone Flat be a good sharpening tool? I need to order ASAP as I need to trim my horse next week and I am giving up on my current knives.
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Well, I sure wish the barefoot blacksmith had a US web-store, Loosie. I can't find one. Depressing. :)

I have determined, after having recently cut myself pretty well, that it wasn't my knife. I had come to believe the thing wouldn't cut through butter. The problem is the hardness of their feet. I bought a loop, and I like it okay, except the loop on the one I purchased is too big which makes it difficult to use "anywhere" on the hoof. I'd love to have that really small double sided one on the barefoot blacksmith site.

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So, I need a new knife and rasp. I'm buying online or by phone, Canadian companies only.
So far, I have down to contact Hoof & Nail Farrier Supplies in Calgary, High County Horseshoes that I assume is in Canada, and Canadian Farrier Supply. If anyone has any experience with these companies, I would love to hear the good and the bad.

Knife - going to buy a loop knife, either Double S or Hall it looks like. Possibly Bloom.
Rasp - probably a Belotta Razor or a Save Edge.

I am also interested in trying a power tool for trimming. I want to learn how to use one effectively now, while I am fully able to trim, because in another 10 years, I might not be as strong or durable :)

Any input would be appreciated.
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So, I need a new knife and rasp. I'm buying online or by phone, Canadian companies only.
So far, I have down to contact Hoof & Nail Farrier Supplies in Calgary, High County Horseshoes that I assume is in Canada, and Canadian Farrier Supply. If anyone has any experience with these companies, I would love to hear the good and the bad.

Knife - going to buy a loop knife, either Double S or Hall it looks like. Possibly Bloom.
Rasp - probably a Belotta Razor or a Save Edge.

I am also interested in trying a power tool for trimming. I want to learn how to use one effectively now, while I am fully able to trim, because in another 10 years, I might not be as strong or durable :)

Any input would be appreciated.
I buy from Canadian Farrier Supply, no particular reason.. My orders come in about 6 business days, no problems so far. The last rasp I tried from Belotta was the razor which is what I'm using now. I think my next order I'll go back to the Belotta "Top Sharp", it was a lighter weight rasp and it was much sharper - the razor is really heavy, which is good and bad, it glides along nice so you put in less elbow grease but you can't rasp as quickly. Food for thought!
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Patty -thanks for advice.
Is there a trick to keeping your rasp sharp? I seem to go through a lot of them.
The most common mistake people do that dulls a rasp faster than normal maintaining pressure on it as you pull it back toward the handle . NEVER do that because it dulls them very quickly.They are designed to cut ONLY when pushed in the direction away from the handle. And do not put any more pressure on it than it takes to get nice flaky bits off the foot. Also make sure that grit and caked on dirt are brushed off the foot before you rasp . Other than that I only expect about 30-40 full trims from a rasp before I replace it. I don't want to work any harder than I have to.
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I buy from Canadian Farrier Supply, no particular reason.. My orders come in about 6 business days, no problems so far. The last rasp I tried from Belotta was the razor which is what I'm using now. I think my next order I'll go back to the Belotta "Top Sharp", it was a lighter weight rasp and it was much sharper - the razor is really heavy, which is good and bad, it glides along nice so you put in less elbow grease but you can't rasp as quickly. Food for thought!
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I am also interested in trying a power tool for trimming. I want to learn how to use one effectively now, while I am fully able to trim, because in another 10 years, I might not be as strong or durable :) Any input would be appreciated.
I've been using an angle grinder (without the handle and guard) with 36 grit sanding discs for the last 5 years, and except for minor touch ups, I never use my nippers or rasp anymore. It takes hoof off very fast, and once you get the hang of it, you can do the bottom of a hoof in 30 seconds or less, and it does a great job rolling the toe. I looked for the lightest one I could find and wound up with this one Ryobi 4-1/2 in. Barrel Grip Angle Grinder-AG403 at The Home Depot It's around 4 lbs and I can use it with one hand without holding the foot between my legs, but you can always use a cradle or two hands in the normal stance if that is easier. You really just need to guide the grinder and don't need to use any effort at all.

Just make sure your horse stands well and is OK with the noise of the grinder, and it's best to tie the tail up to prevent a swish or the wind from blowing the tail into the grinder or you'll wind up yanking out a bunch of tail hair around it.

As I've gotten up in the years, this and a hoof stand has saved my back and kept my going. The sanding discs are very inexpensive and I get 3+ sets of trims for our 5 horses (so 60+ hooves) out of each one.
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