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  • How to use a chainsaw file to sharpen a hoof knife

 
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    04-24-2012, 06:32 PM
  #1
Foal
Hoof knife sharping

I can't seem to find a good file for sharping my hoof knife. I'm currently using the finest round file that I can get my hands on but I know there's something better but I really can't get a good cutting surface. I've seen some folks recommend half round diamond coated files. What do you use?
     
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    04-24-2012, 09:09 PM
  #2
Trained
Hi,

They're difficult things to sharpen well IMO. I use a fine rat tail file for cutting, when the edge is really lost(best to keep the edge maintained because filing wears down the knife much more), and diamond grit steels to keep the edge. The diamond grit ones need to be used wet - water or oil. Not sure if using them dry effects the way they cut, but it wears out the sharpener quickly. I think it's probably because you're not holding the sharpener on the right angle, rather than the sharpener being wrong. IME that's the hardest bit by far, especially on a curved blade. Also make sure you only sharpen the inside of the blade.
     
    04-24-2012, 11:55 PM
  #3
Weanling
Use a dremel tool with this bit....

Dremel 453 5/32" Chain Saw Sharpening Bit

The diameter is small enough to work on a loop knife too.

Follow with a couple strokes of a diamond sharpener to remove the off-side burrs. I use the FPD version, available here...

Hones - Sharpening Supplies - Stockhoff's Horseshoes

Takes less than a minute and you're ready to work.

Cheers,
Mark
     
    04-25-2012, 12:10 AM
  #4
Yearling
No wonder the farrier almost cried when his hoof knife hit the concrete! Those files are expensive and I am sure a good hoof knife is too.

Cheapy tractor supply ones UGH. I tossed them cause my chainsaw file wouldn't put a decent edge on the blade. Hubby tried the dremel and gouged the blade in the hook. ( I think it worked better with the gouge lol)
     
    04-25-2012, 05:57 AM
  #5
Trained
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Originally Posted by Rascaholic    
No wonder the farrier almost cried when his hoof knife hit the concrete! Those files are expensive and I am sure a good hoof knife is too.
Yeah, it pays to look after good tools, but good knives aren't that much & tend to last a long time. Rasps, on the other hand, are both the cheapest and the most expensive farrier tool - not that much to buy, but they don't last that long when using them all the time & I feel like crying if I hit some blue metal stuck in the white line with a new rasp!
     
    04-25-2012, 07:43 AM
  #6
Foal
Excellent!!!

Loosie, understand what you saying. I'm pretty good with sharpening "stuff" but I generally have the right tool available, I just haven't been able to find what I need for the hoof knife.

Horseman, thanks for the links, that's exactly what I'm looking for.
     
    04-28-2012, 03:14 PM
  #7
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by loosie    
Yeah, it pays to look after good tools, but good knives aren't that much & tend to last a long time. Rasps, on the other hand, are both the cheapest and the most expensive farrier tool - not that much to buy, but they don't last that long when using them all the time & I feel like crying if I hit some blue metal stuck in the white line with a new rasp!

I hear you about the rasp loosie. I bought a nice one, used it here and there for touch ups. I let a friend borrow it, he left it laying in the grass and it rusted all to heck. So, I bought another. We were in the process of moving and it fell out of the "Horse Junk" box and I ran over it. It snapped! I never even got to use it. (Did you know when they snap they'll puncture a 100$ tire beyond repair!)
Since then I have bought 3 more. I loaned one out and it moved to another state DUHHH Me* The next one my son used to "file" metal on his ATV. This last one, well it is in it's original box, locked in the tack closet, lightly oiled, and has DO NOT TOUCH written on it. Maybe I can wear this one out.....I doubt it though LOL
     

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