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#302239 - 01/22/24 04:36 PM Re: Sharpening knives in the field [Re: chaosmagnet]
clearwater Offline
Old Hand

Registered: 03/19/05
Posts: 1182
Loc: Channeled Scablands
Form touch ups, a ceramic stick about 6" long. Better than a diamond one that takes too much off.

If you have more room you could make a mini version of this with two sticks. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CQMN8HLH/ref...ZT1zcF9kZXRhaWw

I find it great for skinning.


Edited by clearwater (01/22/24 05:21 PM)

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#302243 - 01/22/24 06:08 PM Re: Sharpening knives in the field [Re: chaosmagnet]
wileycoyote Offline
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Registered: 03/01/11
Posts: 309
Loc: north central west TX
for down&dirty super-quick sharpening in the field, i use marble's redi-edge that i carry on my keychain

https://www.knifecountryusa.com/store/pr...minum-body.html



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#302256 - 01/26/24 01:45 AM Re: Sharpening knives in the field [Re: chaosmagnet]
dougwalkabout Offline
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 3225
Loc: Alberta, Canada
I still have some pull-through sharpeners kicking around. I hate how they force me to choose an edge angle and chew off a bunch of steel unnecessarily -- it's a lot of work to fix it later on the grinding belt. I guess it's still better than grinding on a concrete sidewalk.

That is why a "Carbide 100" type tool is in every vehicle and emergency kit, along with industrial diamond. It lets me choose the angle and the force I apply to the cutting tool. It's still a ragged edge, but there are times when that is enough to pull you through, or bring a beater back into service. And not destroy the bevel on a better knife.

Like I said earlier, these little tools can repair all sorts of other tools. Hatchets, loppers, paramedic shears, saw blades, you name it. I personally don't assume I will have a carefully curated selection of magnificent tools when the spam hits the fan. I think this sort of "moon landing" mentality is not resilient or adaptive enough. There is steel everywhere, dull as hell but serviceable, and I want the option of making it cut.

There are many versions that are the same tech; they all look pretty much the same as this:


[Argh, multiple edits but now it works. Cheers all. :-)]


Edited by dougwalkabout (01/26/24 01:53 AM)

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#302257 - 01/26/24 12:24 PM Re: Sharpening knives in the field [Re: chaosmagnet]
Ren Offline
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Registered: 11/05/07
Posts: 527
Loc: Wales, UK
Yeah, have a couple of those.



Kept on a keychain as primarily a scraper with a ferrorod, and some tinder (two fire plugs in heatshrink tubing).

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#302263 - 01/27/24 07:09 PM Re: Sharpening knives in the field [Re: chaosmagnet]
wileycoyote Offline
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Registered: 03/01/11
Posts: 309
Loc: north central west TX
well said doug.

i too carry Speedy Sharp in every pack, for use on assorted edged tools.

carbide sharpeners don't product finely polished edges but they do make 'em sharp in no time at all.

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#302264 - 01/28/24 03:14 AM Re: Sharpening knives in the field [Re: chaosmagnet]
dougwalkabout Offline
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 3225
Loc: Alberta, Canada
wileycoyote, diamond stones and even a speedy sharp need a little bit of skill and experience to use effectively.

I keep pull-through sharpeners around because absolutely anybody can use them. The results are crude (barbarous!), but "cut" is better than "no cut." Some day that may be important.

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#302265 - 01/29/24 06:38 PM Re: Sharpening knives in the field [Re: dougwalkabout]
wileycoyote Offline
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Registered: 03/01/11
Posts: 309
Loc: north central west TX
Originally Posted By: dougwalkabout
wileycoyote, diamond stones and even a speedy sharp need a little bit of skill and experience to use effectively.

I keep pull-through sharpeners around because absolutely anybody can use them. The results are crude (barbarous!), but "cut" is better than "no cut." Some day that may be important.

well said! and i concur 100%.

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