Hedge Shears

Hedge Shears are sharpened according to the angles shown below.

Honing is not recommended for these as it will make the gardening activities harder: as with kitchen scissors, coarseness in the edge helps to ensure the piece being cut does not slide out. Stop after the sharpening step (but with a high grit level - 1,000 or so).

General Guidelines
Recom. Range
125° - 145°
A sharper angle could be used if trimming bushes with thinner branches. The thicker the wooden parts, the greater an angle may be needed (though, at a certain point, this is not the right tool). If the original angle is different, it is best to match that.

If using a Tormek to sharpen this blade, the SVM-45 Knife Jig can be used, but I'd recommend using the SVD-110 Tool Rest.

Notes & Comments
  • When sharpening hedge shears, it is recommended to use the vertical position with the grindstone rotating towards the blade. (If you use the horizontal position, the grindstone will pull the hedge shears away from the jig.)

Tormek Live Sharpening Class - Special - Gardening tools

The summer is finally here (at least in Sweden)! Wolfgang and Sèbastian from Tormek did a special episode of their sharpening class, focusing on the gardening tools. Learn how to sharpen secateurs, lawn mower blades, a scythe, hedge shears and other tools that you use in the garden!

Tormek AngleMaster WM-200

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Remember : The goal of sharpening is to produce sharp tools, and these tools can injure you if mishandled. Safety measures should be followed to protect yourself and those in your shop. Be sure to read and follow all instructions from the manufacturer, and and utilize proper safety equipment. Never consume alcohol or anything that could impair your judgement before sharpening tools, or using sharp tools. Comments can be sent via eMail to me at SharpeningHandbook@Gmail.com.