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Like always, it depends

Dick Coers
It depends on the quality of the existing teeth, and if the tooth count and set are appropriate for what you intend to do with it. If the teeth are really dull, you should joint them with a flat file, set the teeth, and then do the sharpening. I don't have a tooth setter, so I would send it out. I used to have a grand older gentlemen who was a master at this. I once bought a really good hand saw on an auction, and I had him convert it to a rip saw. He took off all the teeth, then punched new ones in the steel, set it, and put the appropriate chisel style grind. He passed away, and I have yet to find a replacement guy.
In the past, every hardware store or lumber yard had the right Foley equipment to sharpen. If you have a good old style lumber yard, check with them. After that, ask Google.

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