Posts Tagged ‘sharpening your knives’

Hunters: Do You Know How to Keep Your Knife Sharp?

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Coast Skinning KnifeAny hunter knows the importance of proper knife maintenance and care, at least, he should. ”Knife sharpening seems like an easy task, but it is one of the most commonly overlooked aspects of hunting trip preparedness,” opens Coast’s article, Sharpening Hunting Knives, which thoroughly details the steps and methods hunters use for keeping their blades sharp. If you’re a new hunter, or perhaps a seasoned veteran that needs a refresher, this article provides some essential tips and tricks for keeping your knives useful.

As the article’s author points out, “You can own the most expensive, elaborate blade available, but if it is not properly sharpened, it probably won’t work the way you need it to when you need it the most.” And that goes for all your hunting equipment as well. For instance, what good is a weapon without properly loading its ammunition? Or an LED flashlight with dead batteries? Providing proper maintenance for all your hunting gear is as basic a principle as they come.

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Knife Sharpening Know How

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Through proper care and maintenance you can keep a knife in good working condition for years. Keeping a blade sharpened is fundamental to ensuring a long life for your knife. There are a number of options available to you when you’re looking for a knife sharpener, from simple whet stones to more complex electric sharpeners. Not every type of knife sharpener will be right for everyone, of course, or even for every knife.

One thing that you should consider is how much work you want to put in to sharpening your knives.  Manual knife sharpeners and whet stones can give you more precision while sharpening your knives, but require a lot more work to create a good edge.  Electric knife sharpeners may not be quite as precise, but are less likely to miss spots or create an uneven edge.  You should also keep in mind the types of knives that you’ll be sharpening, as certain types of knives require specific sharpening tools.  Solid blades can use most types, whereas serrated blades require special attachments so that you don’t damage the knife itself.  Regardless of the knife sharpener that you choose, be sure that you always follow the directions to prevent damaging your blade or the sharpener itself.

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