(B) Sharpen your knife student practice

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    My knife was a bit dull so used stones and strop to get her sharp.
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    Before sharpening ^^^
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    After sharpening ^^^
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    Hair poppin sharp
     
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    My edc knife opinel no.9 keeps an edge well also
     

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    I have never been very good at getting a knife real sharp. So I thought I would start here before I made the feather sticks. I decided to use my Opinel #8 IMG_6648.JPG IMG_6649.JPG IMG_6655.JPG IMG_6652.JPG IMG_6663.JPG
     
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    I pulled out the stones and touched up the ol' Mora. I had a small nick in the edge so used a generic, no-name stone to clean up the nick and then finished it up with Japanese stones (1000 - 6000 grit) and then dry stroped it with an old leather belt. It's been really dry lately (even by New Mexico standards) so I decided not to tear up my skin too badly but you still see it's sharp enough to shave.
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    I got a Victorinox Ranger Wood for Christmas, so I figured it's high time I got going on the Bushclass. Pics below.
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    Just a basic hair shave test and paper cut. I dont go extreme in sharpening my knives. Its more of a chore than a hobby so, If it shaves my hair its sharp enough to do anything I require from my knives. I keep a fallkniven dc4 pocket sharpener in my kit along with a nagura pocket stone. A technique i learned from Mitch at nativesurvival.com 20190115_152050.jpg 20190115_152145.jpg 20190115_151134.jpg 20190115_152223_004.jpg 20190115_154410_001.jpg
     
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    I keep most my bushcrafty knives pretty sharp so I grabbed some sharpening tools and a steak knife out of the drawer that was pretty dull. (Shoutouts to @bladesmith3 for gifting me that ultra fine smith's stone)

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    Then I spent about 5 minutes making it really dull

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    Then I gave it a good sharpen and strop and Boom!

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    It is a good knife. Kizlyar is located in Dagestan, the region famous for knife making.
     
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    My EDC Case carbon steel trapper and a file knife I recently finished. You can also see my stone and strop. The Case gets used a lot and sharpened or stropped once a week. Hit it on the strip this morning. 20190202_070034.jpg 20190202_070315.jpg 20190202_070432.jpg
     

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    I use a 1000/6000 water Stone and a belt strop with green compound
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    I dug out my old Gerber Trout and Bird (late 70s vintage). This thing hasn't had a decent edge in more than 20 years, and the steel is just super hard, and seems to be some high chromium stuff. I've never been good with a stone, but I need to improve this skill set.

    At the start, this sorry thing would only tear paper. I used the marker trick to find the edge, the used medium and fine stones, and followed with ceramic rods. It's not as good as it could be, but it will
    at least cut paper relatively cleanly.
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    I use a block of wood with a thick slab of leather glued on it. The grooves on the end help hold down the sandpaper with my daughter's hair ties, they are everywhere!
    The two separate grinds on the blade each have their own section of paper, the hair was trimmed with the "chopping" grind. IMG_20190210_184746.jpg IMG_20190210_184847.jpg IMG_20190210_190001.jpg
    This method has worked great for me for years :)
     
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    For this project, I borrowed my buddies Work Sharp and used it on a cheap old knife I got for free years ago. I got it sharp enough to cut paper. Not great but way better than it has ever been!

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    A friend gave me this old 3 blade folder. I prefer locking blades so it was just in a drawer. Used the stone and stropped all 3 blades on a 2” leather belt. The sheepsfoot blade came out the sharpest - the spear and clip points are better, but not quite perfect.
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    Ok, I decided to practice on another knife. My wife had an old cleaver from her grandma. It would beat a piece of meat rather than cut it and it wouldn't do more than bend paper. I used the Work Sharp on it and, after about 30 minutes with the medium grit belt, got the profile somewhat set. It doesn't cut the cleanest but it cuts paper now with ease.

    Here's the before: (sorry, I only took one picture and didn't realize it was so blurry)
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    Old mora I happened across , edge brought back to shaving sharp on a set of stones . EE86F288-2C7D-400D-B774-2206DFB3765B.jpeg 50B6404A-DD04-4D3D-ADF4-EABF647DDDEA.jpeg D3D043F5-4C07-4303-8632-B76F30771E0B.jpeg 094FC605-1FAB-47E1-B47B-1C5F10E14A1D.jpeg 402EB157-89A7-41F6-BE96-39F0E1C3A65C.jpeg
     

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    Opinel no.7 sharpened with diamond embedded rubber block. 20190309_012425.jpg
     
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    Using a dummy knife for this one as all my other Knives are new or sharpened. The knife is a Coast RX350 Assisted Knife. In order - 1) Knife before sharpened, couldn't cut the paper. 2) Knife sharpened, no more burs. 3) Knife cutting the paper a few times.
     

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    Took me a min to figure this out but I got it now and will never forget.. 20190326_171426.jpg
     
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    I don't ever stone my knives. So, this was good practice and I learned a couple valuable lessons.. I usually get my knives professional sharpened once a year. However, I strop my knives after every use.

    After I finished, my knife was almost razor blade sharp. It shaved the hair off my arm as good as my razor. It sliced throw the paper with a feathers touch.

    I'm a firm believer in painstakingly taking care of my equipment. I strive to make all my gear look and function better then new. Old and worn out has no appeal to me.

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    I mostly use a diamond rod to hone my knife but carry a course and medium stones to work out any nicks or to sharpen it if my knife should become very dull.
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    Here's my submission to the knife sharpening challenge:


    Thanks!
     
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    Here is my submission for the Knife Sharpening Lesson.



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    Smooth as a...um...smooth thing.
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    Here's my Ratmandu. I originally profiled/convexed the blade on a belt sander, so touchups are easy on a stone:
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    I didn't want to shave a big patch on my arm, so I just did a little:
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    Some crumpled packaging paper:
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    Cheap Kershaw flipper I like to carry. This thing is my general purpose work knife for around the garage and out in the yard. Chinese 8CR13 steel. I used the medium and fine stones on this Smith Tri-Hone.


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    Greetings,

    I don't know if it qualifies, but it was dull and it is sharp enough to cut me while tracing the edge with my finger.

    Dual sharpening stone with water.

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    Regards,

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    Here's my submission for knife sharpening. Feel free to criticize, condemn, or complain, and I'll dull something and try it again.

    I don't have any sand paper, and I didn't want to go buy any. I don't tinker or even have time to during the week to tinker so I elected to use a sharpening stone instead.

    Like many, I'm horrible at sharpening knives and have sent my Kershaw Leeks and various Leatherman tools back to the factory many times for service and sharpening. I just got a Victorinox back actually.

    Being a novice, I don't frequently use fixed blade knives as I'm probably closer to a wannabe woodsman than I'll ever be to actually being even a novice. I'm ok with barbs and judgement. In fact, I only use them when I'm practicing and butchering bushcraft skills or go on hikes with a romantic ideas of a fixed blade.

    Here's one of three Mora knives. What is this, the companion? I bought them because they're cheap enough to throw away if knicked or dulled, lol.
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    I tried making cuts into postal service kiosk receipt paper, and it was just embarrassing. I've thought of getting a Garberg, but I hate the sheath options for the price.

    I got out a sharpening stone that I believe came with a Randall Made #28 Woodsman.
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    I was able to make better cuts.

    Here's what I like to use when I'm quasi-sharpening my pocket knives.

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    Only a dummy could mess this up (and I have, lol).

    I have a diamond rod somewhere in the kitchen and it really seems to make all blades worse...or it turns them into something that feels like a bad saw blade.
     
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    My knife sharpening. I sharpened both my SAK blades. They take a beating because I use them for everything every day. I used my diamond touch up rod I keep in my car. IMG_20190507_110939482.jpg
    Sorry blurry. Waiting for a new phone with working camera.
     
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    Before (not super dull, but you can see the tearing in the cuts:
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    So I hit it with my CC4:
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    Much smoother now:
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    So, yeah.... someone (surely not me) hit a rock fire ring while cutting some curls for tinder during the camp out this weekend.

    Nicked the edge on my knife, so time for a sharpening-

    KME guided stone/strop sharpener. Blade is CPM154 and sharpened pretty easily and took a nice polish. Working through the stones (skipped some pictures):

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    Yeah, ok.... I hit the rock fire ring with it. Dumb mistake. Always work on top of wood or soft material.
     
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    First time sharpening with a wet stone. It drew first blood, but it’s scary sharp. I had to regrind it to a zero grind from the micro bevel the previous owner did
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    Sharpening a Mora 511

    Not so good.
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    Used 600 and 1200 diamond stones then used my home made strop with black and green compounds.
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    Good again now.
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    Touched up my Enzo Trapper with 1000 and 1500 water stones then stropped with black and green compounds.
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    When I’m at the house I like using the razor sharp edge making system or when I’m out and about I use my dc4 91B35A2E-0B68-472B-812E-3203A7980952.jpeg
     
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    Been sharpening knives, hatchets, tomahawks, machetes, axes, and other hand held tools for around 60 years. This is a cheap stainless BUDK knife that is a hoot to use and take and holds an edge. I sharpened it up for these pics using a carborundum and ceramic stones. 002.JPG 003.JPG
     
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    Rubbed the fire steel over the edge of my Modded Old Hickory butcher knife. It would only tear the paper.
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    Used a DMT fine stone, and a leather strop. It cuts paper, and it shaves.

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    Sharpened up the Cold Steel Triad lock knives, Finn Wolf, Tuff Lite, Pro Lite and a Opinel #6.
    using Smiths Sharpener, Ceramic rods then Strop with green paste.
    All sharp enough to shave hair.

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