I've always just held it over my thigh and used a file on it. Machetes hit rocks, nails, all sorts of stuff. So I dont want a hard blade, which chips-out. I can fix a "turned" edge or a blunted one (if not too bad) with the file in a few minutes. It's not like I need to shave with it. :-) If it's a bad nick, then the benchgrinder and Dremel can fix it.