August 27, 2012
How to Sharpen a Knife: 10 Tips for at Home and in the Field - 3
by Tim MacWelch
It has been argued by more than a few outdoor enthusiasts whether a sharp knife or a dull knife is more dangerous to the user. The logic has always been that the dull knife might not plunge as deeply into you as the sharp blade, but the more jagged wound may take longer to heal (not to mention that you have to push harder to even use the dull knife, increasing the likelihood of a mishap).
So let’s take the dull knife issue off the table by learning some sharpening tricks that work at home AND in the field.
1) Determine the tasks you’ll be performing with the blade. If you are sharpening a survival knife, which has many purposes, you’ll benefit most from a wider, more durable edge angle. The type of knife and its intended uses should be the main factor governing how sharp you want to make it.
4) Start sharpening with a coarse stone only if your knife is seriously dull or has been chipped, dinged, or otherwise abused.
8) Sharpen often. Don’t give you blade a chance to become irreparably ruined.
So here’s your homework assignment ... Get a knife so sharp that you could slice pieces of paper with no resistance. Good luck, and let us know how you do in the comments.