Sharpening Kits

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  1. NordicWolf

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    So i keep a set of Japanese water stones at home to up keep my blade edged tool etc...but things do happen out in the field.where one may not want to lug all that out there with them....so was curious what do you all keep for your sharpening kit in your pack, and what not to take care of edge up keep if thing dull down or chip or what ever may come up?
     
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    In my upkeep kit, I keep a DC4 for knives, a Lansky Puck for axes, a pill bottle stuffed with a mineral oil soaked bandana for cleaning and protection of steel, a Badgerclaw Leatherworks strop (brand new), and some bees wax, which I use for protecting axe heads, wood handles, or whatever.

    Mind you, I don't really do maintenance at home, I like to do it when I am out, while making coffee or whatever. I just enjoy doing tool maintenance outdoors, so I keep more stuff in my pack than is necessary for just quick fixes.
     
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    Interestingly enough since you mentioned a strop i watch a Ray Mears video where he just used the back side of his belt as a strop
     
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    Work Sharp field sharpener.
     
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    is there a reason why youd say to get a proper strop and not to follow ray mears example of using your belt
     
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    Not particularly.

    A proper strop just gives you the advantage of using stropping compound without turning your waist green and grey. Having said that, a decent piece of leather, say a cut from an old belt, would do fine. I just happen to like Badgerclaw's work and like buying his stuff.

    Now, my problem is, I can't figure out how people use strops without setting them on a firm, flat surface. I have found that if I try to just tension it and strop, it actually dulls my edge. Makes me unhappy. I'm sure I just have some learning to do, just not there yet.
     
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    what the compound for you speak this is a new concept for me
     
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    Ultra fine abrasive made into a paste. Some are also referred to a Rouge, or Jewelers Rouge. Different colors denote different grit, but they can differ by manufacturers, so don’t rely on color.
     
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    It is fine abrasives that you load into the leather to get a finer polished edge. Not necessary for a useful edge, but necessary if you want true "shaving sharpness". (EDIT:: It looks and feels like chalk)

    This video is one of my "knife gurus" on youtube...this is a good video to show the effect of stropping and compounds. This dude is serious about his knives.



    I use white and green compound. I think that is what most folks use for field knives. Each color has a different grit.
     
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    180 260 360 - Coarse Med & Fine and my swivel strop

    And my Lansky puck of coarse
     
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    I wonder about this too - the old image of a handlebar mustached barber stropping his straight razor back & forth while the strop is connected to the barber chair.
    I personally use very little if any pressure when I strop

    My 82 year old Mother remembers her father having 2 strops next to the sink where he shaved w a SR..but no paste.. I wonder if this is akin to diff grits?
     
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    If your in a tight spot you can use natural sandstone from mother nature. I saw a forum post on here where a gentleman had a large cut sandstone set up at a semi permanent camp he would sharpen things on. My grandmother showed this method when i was very young. She found a piece that a plow had very smooth and she would sharpen her hoe. That hoe was thin and sharp and the snakes quaked in fear. Her name saw Geurty and she was probably the biggest influence for my outdoor knowledge.
     
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    OMG , how true!!!
     
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    Thirded. I've been meaning to try one out.. but am afraid it may just be "another portable sharpener" that I don't really need.. I feel like I start to collect them and am overthinking it. Especially since I have yet to need to take my blades to a stone while afield.. strop after days' use is all.

    At home, when they need to be put to a stone, I do my best edges while freehanding it on an Arkansas stone with oil. I keep trying the fancy guided sharpeners... but the old methods seem to get me (this is me, mind you) better results. At least once the edge angle is set.
     
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    There is now a blue version with the Benchmade butterfly.
     
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    I use a GST … Gossman Sharpening Tool, and a piece of leather for a strop, that also gets used as a pot holder and a variety of other protection roles, for "in the field". I find that this is able to cover any needs that I have to regain a useful edge on almost any of my sharps whilst out and about, at least sufficient to get me home to where I can use all the other options I have to get things back to rights!

    The GST is also multi use as a pry bar and splitting wedge and I seem to remember @S.Gossman sharpened some rather wicked looking castration shears with his GST as well. There is a good thread about the GST in use here … https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/gossmans-flat-sharpening-steels-cut-sharp.149001/

    Oh and just found the thread about the Vet's castration tool here … https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/another-use-for-a-gst.240286/ Made me wince!!

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    In the field: DC4, CC4, DMT Duafolds, GST, strop.
    At home: DMT bench stones, strop.
     
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    The CC4 is a good choice.
     
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    I haven't had a chance to use it yet, really. Just got it in December. Hoping to start running it soon and see how it goes. I've heard the fine ceramic side is more coarse than the DMT XXFine, but don't have any real world use to back that up. Regardless, it's still a good single stone to carry if you're trying to cut pack weight.
     
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    I use the CC4 on my ulu which has replaced my pizza cutter.
     
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    Worksharp field sharpener.
    7 sharpeners in one.
    Rough plate
    Fine plate
    Coarse ceramic
    Fine ceramic
    Leather strop
    Hook ceramic
    Edit-serration ceramic
     
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    what the 7th lol
     
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    Yep, I’ve had the same Black Smith’s Arkansas stone for 30 years.
     
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    I generally carry 3 edged tools; SAK (i think it's called a saber grind), a sheath knife that's either flat, scandi, or convex ground, and an axe or hatchet that is effectively a convex grind. I used to carry a machete in lieu of a hatchet when i lived in LA.

    I have 3 field sharpeners... a tiny $3 carborundum stone about 1"x 3/8" x 3", a lansky puck, and a compact convexing block that i'm going to send you to find on your own. YouTube is Maddy the Goose, and he's got a cool way of doing it.

    This may be sacrilege, but i don't care much... it works for me. I figured out awhile ago that while the lansky puck is a little dangerous if you don't watch your fingers, you're effectively using a flat stone to convex something... hm... so why am i carrying a whole convexing thing and a heavy puck/stone, when i could carry one flat stone that will touch up my SAK, sheath knife of whatever ilk, and ax/hatchet?

    So to answer your question, I mostly just carry that small flat stone in a small leather sheath, and it does me fine for everything in the field, should i need it. and the leather in my shoes, belt, and/or shoulder straps serves well enough to strop the convex knife should that become truly necessary. I know that some guys put stropping compound on the inside of their belts for that reason.
     
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    Seconds worksharp field sharpener
    Axe junky puck
    Rag soaked in mineral oil
     
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    I carry a Dan's pocket Arkansas Stone in my pack. I also have a bunch of home made strops both small paddle type and 12x3" bench strops both plain and impregnated with green compound.

    Strop2.jpg strop5.jpg
     
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    A Spyderco Doublestuff is a great option for a pocket carry stone. Med/fine ceramic stones.

    For a pack size I would carry a worksharp field sharpener along with my doublestuff. The diamonds on the worksharp may be a bit much for a quick touch up, but nice to know you can handle most jobs with these two options paired up.
     
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    CC4 (2 different grades of ceramic) and a paint stir stick strop. Just gued a strip of leather scrap flesh side out to a paint stir stick and loaded with green compound.
     
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    9DA238E9-882E-475F-823D-25E8F264381D.jpeg I put this one together over 30 years ago for in the field edge care. It has served me well. I have had to replace the file a couple of times. This kit is used for hawks/axes, knives and broad heads.

    NORKAL
     
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    I use a field sharpening kit from knives ship free
     

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    Spyderco double stuff, with a homemade strop of white and green compound. If I carry a hatchet, I will add a chainsaw raker file to fix the edge if damaged. This system hasn't failed me yet and is lightweight and compact.

    At home, it's Japanese water stones.
     
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    I'm in sandstone country here too and don't usually carry any sharpening device with me but just use what is laying on the ground. If I do carry anything into the field it is just a small carborundum stone.
    Always cutting down on weight and bulk in my pack so I can carry more calories or .22 ammunition. Try some natural rocks to sharpen your knives.
     
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    This!!
     
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    How do you like this? Has always caught my eye and seems versatile for what it is.
     
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    Just finally picked one up for my sling
     
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    I hope you like it! I do find it easier to use the guides with a flat ground knife, but after some practice I can get the spine area to rest on it for accurate strokes if that makes sense.
     
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    I don't follow you.... Just picked one up too.
     
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    I love it, not much I can't do with it, the only thing I will add eventually is a piece of mouse pad about the same size as the strop so I have a backing with a bit of give when I sharpen my convex blades
     
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    I also use this worksharp guided sharpening system with the added diamond plates of different grits and I like it a lot
     

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    Lol that’s understandable. I’ll try to remember to get some pics later.
     
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    Excellent to know!

    I also just picked one of these up on sale. Looking forward to using it. Probably end up with the additional grits and strop plates at some time. I like that it is a combination of new ideas but can still be used just as a straight up bench stone too.
     
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    Same. It works really well for everything.

    And I have the field sharpener for...well...field sharpening (mostly my machetes). It's great too.
     
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    This is a terrible photo, but I hope it makes sense. If not, just ignore me haha
     
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    I follow you now...I think haha. Meaning like a saber grind or such requires a little adjustment. In your photo it almost looks like the blade on that one has a 45 degree bend in it though...unless the reflection is playing games with my eyes haha. Sometimes context is everything and think I may have the wrong context in mind in that sense hahaha. But yes, I think I got ya!
     
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    Yeah it’s just the reflection. It was hard to hold the knife up and snap the photo. But yeah, when I first got mine I was sharpening saber blades and it took me awhile to realize I needed to adjust the knife cuz I was putting a really steep edge on them lol. Live and learn I guess!
     
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