Re: On Sharpening Bow Saws
Thu, 12 Dec 1996 16:26:52 -0500
What you say is true enough, but the requirement rather clearly asks the
Scout to demonstrate sharpening a saw. There is little practical use for
an axe either, but axe skills are still required despite the dangers.
I can report that a number of private Emails to me on this topic indicate
that it is common for SMF instructors to wink and say (more or less), "The
correct method of sharpening a saw blade is to replace it." I had always
heard the same thing, but so long as the BSA Handbook shows Scouts using a
file, I think that the good Red Jackets do us a disservice.
I can't prove it, but I suspect that Scout Spirit is directly tied to the
Scouts' gut feeling that they have mastered each and every requirement
along the way. They also seem to have more fun with the Program when
advancement is strict and based on skills that require moving objects
ASM, Troop 108
On Wed, 11 Dec 1996, Peter Farnham wrote:
> Actually, there is a proven and excellent way to sharpen a bow saw
> blade. When it gets dull, replace it. We always carry spares as part of
> troop equipment. We of course go over the sharpening technique as part
> of Totin' Chip, but recommend the guys not worry about sharpening if a
> spare blade is available (we make sure they are).
> This has actually been recommended to us, I believe in SMF--the
> instructor said that sharpening a bow saw blade wasn't worth the trouble,
> and the blade never got as sharp as it was when you bought it anyway
> (unlike an ax or knife blade).
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City