Knife sharpening with fungi

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  1. Rubarb

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    I wanted to try making a sharpening strop from Birch Polypore today, so we harvested this beast as the raw material for the project.

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    and set to work carving the wooden base plate and cutting the fungus to shape

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    then glued the two parts together, ok i cheated and took contact adhesive.

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    trimming the top of the fungus

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    and the finished result, brings the edge back wonderfully and has the added bonus of removing all the gunk that accumilates on the blade, tannins, sap etc.

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  3. Trekon86

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    Thanks for the tutorial!
    I just need to find a bigger one:D
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    why not glue smaller examples side by side?, just a thought
     
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    IA Woodsman Overwatch Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator Vendor Bushclass Instructor

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    Very cool Kepis. I wish we had some of that fungi in IA.
     
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    that is something new, that fungi looks appetizing,i just want to take a bite:) , how it feels ? when you strop on it is soft or is sturdy?
     
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    i would describe the feel as firm gaga, i have a video of it action that i'll post up later.

    I wouldnt want to eat this fungi though, although it not poisonous, i think my shoe leather would taste better
     
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    Very cool Kepis. Great review. You have alot of great knowledge of flaura, and fauna
     
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    That is some cool bushcraft wizardry!

    Anyone know of other fungi or resources listing fungi which could be used for sharpening? Birch isn't very common in the areas I frequent.
     
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    good use for the plaster "bandaid" as well. Say will it dry out, will you have to keep it moist. Or will it work dry.
     
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    better to use a moist one as a thin sliver like that will dry out quite quickly, i found out this morning that the fungus apparently contains an antiseptic property as well.

    When i put that plaster on the small burn i had, the relief was instant, it was very cooling and you could physically feel the coolness of the fungus taking heat out of the burn, if you look at my thumb this morning, you cant even see the burn and there is no pain or even discomfort from it, even if i hold the affected area under hot running water, amazing stuff.
     
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    say, my sister was curious if that birch polypore is specific for stroping, or could you use use other polypores for that.
     
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    Ive only ever heard of the birch Polypore being used for sharpening tbh, most of the other bracket fungi i think are a bit too hard and woody, or just not suitable, might be worth some further research though, i'll see what i can find out.
     
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    Friggin cool! I didnt know you could do that!
     

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