Blade cleaning/when to sharpen


The other thread about blade cleaners got me thinking. I've got a thin kerf ww2 that is showing its age. It gets light use. I've never cleaned it before. The teeth look good and the cut is still ok. But it doesn't feel like it used to, seems like it takes more force to get something through the blade. At what point should I sharpen this blade? Will I notice a huge difference after cleaning or is cleaning really only if you do a lot of cutting in woods with a high resin content? thanks.
brian
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brianlanning wrote:

sharpen when it won't scratch your fingernails.
Dave
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wrote:

If the cut is furry that's an indication your blade is dull. Cleaning the blade once in awhile helps too--all woods have resins so eventually there will be a buildup. Blade cleaning is an easy 10 minute job, so I do it once every month or two. It's also a good time to inspect the blade (use magnification).
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Phisherman wrote:

ROFL. There's always that one post every so often that makes me feel 16 again :)
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CLEAN the blade. ;~) It does make a lot of difference. I have my WWII resharpened ONLY by Forrest every couple of years. I have 2 and keep one as a spare while the other is being resharpened. If you see a performance drop AFTER cleaning, have it resharpened. You should be able to have a Forrest resharpened 10 -15 times if you do not go too long between sharpening.
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Leon wrote:

what are they charging now, and how much for shipping to/fro, Leon?
Dave
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The local woodcraft guy said that they have someone come in to sharpen once a week and that he was "certified to sharpen the forrest blades". Certified by forrest?
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I have a local service that also does a bang up job of sharpening. Or so I use to think. Forrest will also if needed reflatten your blade and that is very important if your blade is not running true. Many local sharpeners simply sharpen. I let my local guy use his computer controlled sharpening machines sharpen with 600 grit and I was disappointed. 2 weeks later the blade went back to Forrest. The local sharpener did a good job sharpening but Forrest reflattened it the blade was like new again.
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I do not recall Dave but I think I spent close to $40 to resharpen, reflatten, and test cut and S&H. IMHO having a blade that cuts like new, burnished cross cuts, shiny smooth rips with no trace of tooth marks is well worth the money. If you take a look here you can see what it will take for your blade.
http://www.forrestblades.com/sharpprice.htm
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Leon wrote:

My experience has shown that resharpened Forrest blades seem to cut better than new Forrest blades.
I don't know why, but they do.
Barry
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