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How do you sharpen your knife in the field?

Old 08-29-2010, 05:24 PM
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Default How do you sharpen your knife in the field?

Or at home for that matter?

So for now I carry two trapper knives while backpacking for deer/elk. Gives me 4 blades to work with. But Iím curious if anybody out there has found a quality lightweight sharpener to pack in the field. To be honest, the only method Iím familiar with is with stones. Which are too bulky & time consuming to carry in the pack, IMO. And while they work, there has got to be something quicker and more convenient? I see the cheap cross-stick thingies, the stuff you see on infomercials, do they work? Are there more expensive modes that do?

If there was a lightweight tool to use in the field that did even a decent job of sharpening a knife, I could leave other blades at home. Every ounce counts.

Anyway, all feedback appreciated. Thank you.
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Old 09-01-2010, 02:16 PM
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Spyderco makes a really great Spyderco Sharpener. Fairly small and works amazing. You could easily store it in a pack. It has a few different sides for different angles!
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Old 09-02-2010, 03:29 PM
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Default I've used arkansas stones for decades

I think they've been declared obsolete by the congress of country club hunters, as being too inexpensive a way to keep knives sharp.

Some hunters no longer have the right to shapened knives, broadheads and turkey dinner knives, inexpensively. Otherwise, they are banned from the Country Club hunter association.

"A hunter and his money are soon parted", seems to be the common goal of modern hunters today.
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Old 09-04-2010, 10:35 PM
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Gatco or lansky however I prefer stone (s) and leather sash. In the field i carry a small flat steel to hone much like when butchering. Most times I don't need more then 1-2 knives, moose being the only exception their hide dulls knives like crazy so I make sure I have several blades ready, willing and able before embarking into the field.
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Old 09-07-2010, 11:40 AM
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Lansky is also a pretty good brand, I've used their home sharpening stuff before but not the portable compact stuff
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Old 09-07-2010, 12:13 PM
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These are quick and easy. They start to wear out fast but, they're cheap to replace.

Furi Ozitech.

I'll still use a stone every once in a while to get the blades back where I like them. I rarely sharpen a knife in the field because I'll just grab another. I always have at least two.
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Old 09-08-2010, 10:17 AM
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I sharpen my knives on a mousepad and sandingpaper 2000 grid, then I use a leather belt and finally a few strokes on the edge of a car window.
I take a rolled up sheet of sandingpaper with me and use any reasonably flat surface when field dressing.
And I'm going to make a glass rod and get it sanded, just like the edge of a car window to use in the field.
Another thing that works great are these;

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Old 09-09-2010, 05:50 PM
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I always carry a stone & some oil in the driver's door pocket of my truck. I have other stones on my workbench at home & at work. Great for knives, chisels, axes, burr removal on tools, or whatever. They last forever & don't take up much space at all. A very valuable tool IMHO.
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:55 PM
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I sharpen knives professionally using a paper wheel system but if I wanted one for the kitchen at home or in the hunt camp I would buy nothing but a Spyderco Sharpmaker!Best portable knife sharpener on the market today.Amazon has them for 48.00 with free shipping.Razor edge using the 15 degree angle.Read the reviews on Amazon and Cabelas on them. Mike
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Old 10-07-2019, 03:04 AM
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This is why many prefer good, simple steels for outdoor use, like 1095, 52100, 5160, 420HC, 440C, etc. These can be sharpened on a car window top, a proper type of rock, and etc. Some of these super steels cannot be readily sharpened in this manner.
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