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I sharpen mine using a #4 slim taper file. I have tried cross-cut and rip profile, and have had good luck with both. For soft wood like poplar or pine, the cross-cut profile works best for me. For hardwood, a fairly aggressive angle on a rip profile goes quickest, but dulls quickly also, and is more difficult to start the cut. The hardest part for me is getting an even kerf set on the teeth so it cuts true. I usually over set them and end up running an arkansas stone down the side to true it up. Still tryin' to get good at it.