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    I sharpen mine with a hacksaw blade (I only need a rough edge as the edge is lost in an hour or so of use -I use the spade as a kind of push hoe to scrape away the weeds between the beds)

    Today , I was at this again and ,the process seemed to go better because the spade was very muddy/earthy.

    Would that be right ,would there be better traction between the blade and the spade edge on account of the dirt on it- or did I just imagine it?

    ps I did try to buy a soft metal spade but they don't seem to make them any more and so getting the first edge was a bit of a struggle but not so bad since.


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    Are you talking about a hand spade or shovel, either with square or round mouth business ends? I’m picturing square end shovel, something you just cut off to sharpen?


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    https://www.homedepot.com/p/HDX-28-i...1400/205325466

    That sort of thing.They are designed to be strong ,not continuously sharpened obviously .

    When you get them they have no edge at all and it takes a lot of work to put one on unless you have a powerful grinder.

    When you do get an edge it is quickly blunted with banging into stones etc

    If the metal is soft you can reset the edge in no time (and get a sharper edge at first)

    I use a hacksaw blade for quick effect(one that I can work using the one hand applying a bit of force against a hard surface and it just takes a minute or so even with the new hard metal spades(if the hacksaw blade is not too worn)
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    Ok, a garden spade. I've never sharpened one of those before. Mostly clay where I live. Enough trouble sharpening lawn mower blade.
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