Discussion in 'BushClass USA' started by Iz, Jan 23, 2011.
800 and 1600 wet-stones finished with a strop.
A Condor Hudson Bay Knife
Sharpened both my case stockman and my Spyderco delica.
I did better on the Spyderco. It was fun. I definitely improved after watching the tutorial video. Thanks!
I look forward to continuing to improve this skill.
Used it to make my curls and feather stix.
Okay here's mine! I've definitely gotten better at my sharpening skills, which is good because I've been practicing a lot!
Before: super dull, tearing the paper.
Sharpening process: It looks like I have really big man boobs in this picture. It's the way the shirt is hanging I swear!
and the finished product: I only wear shorts and should have thought this through.
I used my lansky puck first (I know it's for axes but I needed a coarser grit and it was all I had. Bushcrafting is about improvising right?) for just a few passes because I intentionally let this knife get really dull. Than I used my 3,000/10,000 grit stone and stropped a bit afterward.
Here’s my knife sharpening submission.
After watching a video from @IA Woodsman , this is going into my fire kit.
Started on my grandpas two sided stone, followed by a Diamond King straight razor hone, followed by a ride on my horse hide straight razor strop.
Here it is sharpened up my bag knife
Mora with bmt stone from bag. Normally use it wet
Convex 3V Adventure Sworn Guide thinned and sharpened using sandpaper, diamond lapping film, and a leather strop
My old timer pocket knive
If only I was more hairy it would show up better but stone and porcelain do the trick for me.
I rarely let my knives get truly dull, but I touched this one up on the water stone. I also used my ceramic honing rod. Now onto my work knives.
Paper since I didn't finish reading the directions before I shaved my arm.
Recently purchased a OKC 499 AFSK. The AFSK came dull, and needed to be sharpened. BushClassUSA Basic Lesson #6 - Knife sharpening ... Tried using the stone that came with the knife, too small and fine grained. Switched to a DC4. Usually I can sharpen a knife in a couple minutes, not sure why but it took me quite a while to sharpen the bolt knife.
I took off a lot of metal and still could not get a real clean slice on paper ... I think it had more to do with the profile of the knife. Definitely not a Mora!
The knife felt sharp to me but I wasn't quite sure, so I grabbed a couple grapes. Yeah, nice clean slice with no squishy! It's sharp enough. I will post this as a completion.
I suck at knife-sharpening - at least to the arm-shaving level. My knives do what they have to as far as wood shavings and such, but I still don't think that I am absolutely proficient in this - in that it took me many attempts just to pass the requirements. But, I will keep practicing and trying different methods. I would love to get to the point to be able to cleanly shave the hair on my arm.
Dull knife tearing the paper:
Sharpened knife slicing the paper:
My knife for this project, a homemade scalper:
Used a whetstone to do it.
I didn't have any notebook paper around, so i used copy paper. It cut through it with very little effort. It would have probably gone through notebook paper like butter. I'm pretty impressed.
Shaving sharp ought to do it! The Smiths pocket survivor is cheating I know, nature doesn't play fair either!
Sharpening a byrd knife for my dad and a Kershaw shuffle I had lying around.
3000 grit then 8000 and some stropping. The Byrd cane out real nice and had to work on some other minor repairs.
Also right after this I dropped my stone on the tile and took a fat chunk out of the 8000 grit corner...just great.
King 1000 grit whetstone and my belt for a strop. Still in the process of learning to use the whetstone. I'd call this attempt a success in that both knives ended up sharper than they started. But it's also just a step in the journey, because neither of them finished as sharp as I would have liked (especially the bird and trout knife, lol). Going to keep at it.
Here is my registration for Bushclass.
I use a Norton 1B8 for almost everything.
This seemed like a reasonable place to start. Looking forward to the rest of the semester!
Sharpened my beater thats been overly abused and never sharpened. I’m satisfied with it even with its dings and rolls.
I do my best not to let my knives get dull. I hone them after use. I start with a ceramic rod, then steel, and finish on the strop. If I have to sharpen, I have some fine diamond stones to use.....but rarely let them go that far. For my choppers, I use a puck, then ceramic rod. The materials/tools used in the photo's are the two knives I used to baton split and make the shavings for lesson 1. I started on the ceramic rod, then steel, and finished on the strop. I then tested both on paper. Enjoy....
I can't seem to ever get my knives razor sharp but I can get them sharp enough to glide through food. I should also add that I have been taught by the YouTubers to keep the bevel flat on the stone while gently making a slicing motion.
Sharpening BC 1 hults bruk
sharpening BC 2 old buck knife
I have been sharpening knife since i was about 8 or 9, i do not own a knife that will not shave . Here are the ones that i pretty much EDC depending on the day and what i am doing:
This is gonna take some practice... But between my BYXCO Arctic Fox scythe stone, ceramic rod, and a little piece of leather and some jeweler's rouge, I got it cutting paper decently well.
Wasn't exactly razor sharp, but it sliced through the paper. Doesn't help that my knife is rusted.
I sharpened my Mora with sandpaper (400, 600, 800, 1000), then a strop. It needed it!
All of my knives are very sharp. I use a ceramic doohickey from a kiln to touch up the edges.
This is my first post since starting basic certification. I hope the picture goes through. It's an old Colt pocket knife and I used a Lansky sharpener. Thanks.
I've always used a Lansky for sharpening my knives and thought this would be a good excuse to learn "hand" sharpening. I used waterstones, 800 and 1000 grit, to remove the secondary bevel and then have one main bevel. It took some time and the Mora stainless steel Companion was harder to sharpen than the carbon version. The tip was the hardest section! I plan to get a 6000 grit stone to really get a polish, but I was able to shave arm hair with just these two stones. What really surprised me was I was able to slice paper after cutting a hat full of shavings and a few feather sticks. Wouldn't shave arm hair.... Next I plan to spend some time getting a good right angle on the spine.
With the recurve blade, I had to discover a sharpening steel, out of my kitchen knife set, and learn how to use it. Now every blade I could find has a razor-sharp edge, including at least an attempt on my CRKT Woods Chogan!
Here's my knife sharpening entry. This is my ESEE 4 which is my EDC blade. Sadly I've neglected her for some time. But she's back to being wicked sharp again. Freaking awesome! I used the paper to show the different stages while I was sharpening it. And now my left hand is a bit hairless.
Here's my submission for sharpening a knife:
Nice blade man... I was just checking that out on amazon today. How do you like it? Also good luck with your class.
@Joe to the woods thanks! I actually am not sure who the maker of this knife is, it has no maker marks on it. But it is a good knife and it's the one I take every time I head out somewhere!
It looks like a Condor Kephart knife. Here's a link if you want to check it out or get a back up. Again I think that's what it is. Not sure of you know of Horace Kephart but if not you might want to research who his is. That knife is modeled after his knife.
Here is my Bark River for the knife sharpening entry.
I use a diamond impregnated metal stone then go to the strop. I was taught to always sharpen by sliding the blade edge toward the stone to manage the burr. After watching the lessons I gave this sharpening a go “dragging“ the blade along the stone as I do with the strop. It worked wonderfully.
In the field I have used my leather belt, truck window, the bottom of a ceramic coffee cup, even the pages of a paper back book to touch up the edge.
Thanks for looking and the lesson.
The first pic is tearing the paper.
The second pic is well honed showing a pile of slivers.
Knife was much duller than I should have let it get, took much longer than I had hoped but in the end it shaved. Sharpening stone is a tri stone, course, medium, and fine
Sharpened the carving axe, the Mora,s and the Smith & Wesson bush knife
Stones, modern and improvised, strops.
Cutters and Choppers in current rotation.
The cutters will do the paper test, The Choppers........not so much.
Here's my sharp... simple paper, fine sharpening stone...
Soft King stones up to 4000 grit, finished with 6000 and 12000 strop
Circles and feathers in phonebook paper