Below is a picture of an area of damage to a Styria blade that I mentioned in the last post.
As the blade was freshly [popup url=https://www.scythecymru.co.uk/scythes-for-sale/peening/ height=”800″ width=”800″]peened[/popup] Phil decided not to take the blade straight back to the peening anvil for repair. Instead, he roughly filed out the area of damage with a flat chainsaw file such that it runs smoothly into the rest of the blade edge as shown in the photo below. The blade can then be used without the stone catching on the damaged part every time the blade is sharpened.
By the time the blade needs peening again a little more filing can be carried out if necessary to further smooth the edge, then the hammer and anvil can be used to draw out the area of damage to restore an even profile to the blade edge.