How To Clean and Sharpen a Dull Metal File

How To Clean and Sharpen Dull Metal Files
How To Clean and Sharpen Dull Metal Files

When your go-to file isn’t cutting it anymore, just too worn to do the job, it may be time for a chemical cleaning and sharpening, and it’s probably a lot easier than you imagine.

Supplies Needed

Here’s what you’ll need to clean and sharpen dull metal files at home:

  • Sulfuric Acid (a drain opener was used in this example)
  • (2) Plastic Containers (large enough to hold the files to be sharpened)
  • Baking Soda
  • PPE (face-shield and rubber gloves)
  • A 2×4 cutoff
  • File card (or wire brush)
  • Copper Tube

Sharpening Metal Files

Popular Mechanics article from 1992 with before and after photos under a microscope…

How Does This File Sharpening Process Work?

Check out his resource on Google books to learn how it works…

Files: Sharpening and Recutting

Workshop Receipts: For Manufacturers and Scientific Amateurs, Volume 2 page 235

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