blade sharpening?

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    blade sharpening?

    i have a foldable buck knife that i've decided should be my edc knife instead of the kershaw i just bought. the blade is a little dull...it's seen it's fair share of cutting things in the past (it used to clean animals i shot in the desert). so...the blade needs to be sharpened.

    do you guys recommend a professional sharpening, or is there a kit i can use at home? the blade has some scratching from rock surfaces and bones...will this affect anything?
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    I am very happy with the Redi Edge I keep one on my hunting belt and one in my kitchen. www.rediedge.com/
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    The spyderco sharpmaker is real easy to use and makes a good edge.
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    What about a good ol fashion stone? What do all you guys with all these fancy sharpening kits do when you're out in the bush or in a shtf scenario? What if the kit breaks? You going to carry your sharpening kits around?

    Short translation...learn to use a stone. Use an old pocket knife or get a cheapie one that you don't care about tearing up and practice with a wet-stone or a pre-oiled stone until you get it right. Once you've learned that you can probably sharpen with just about anything available.

    just a thought...
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    Quote Originally Posted by packinnova View Post
    What about a good ol fashion stone? What do all you guys with all these fancy sharpening kits do when you're out in the bush or in a shtf scenario?...
    Wow, take a breath man, don't hate the technology.

    I can use a stone and I have one of the "fancy" Lansky kits that I do not use now. If you had followed my link you would see a product that is as simple and small as a stone. The advantages of the product is that it produces a perfect edge in literally seconds and there is an unquestionably even bevel angle on both sides of the blade. Also, in my kitchen where knives are not treated as roughly as my hunting knife I use a butchers steel to maintain a fine edge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by packinnova View Post
    What do all you guys with all these fancy sharpening kits do when you're out in the bush or in a shtf scenario? What if the kit breaks? You going to carry your sharpening kits around?

    just a thought...
    . . . generally a "SHTF Scenario" would, in my opinion, be a poor time to decide to sharpen your knife.

    just sayin'. . .

    and the linked product, redi-edge, has a "dog tag" version which I'd be willing to bet is smaller and lighter than your stone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgaterboy View Post
    . . .

    and the linked product, redi-edge, has a "dog tag" version which I'd be willing to bet is smaller and lighter than your stone.
    If you have not used them the standard version is about the size of a ball point pen so it is real easy to carry, I tried the "dog tag" (I lost it) but if your hands are messy the longer handle is actually easier to grip and control.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bbqgrill View Post
    If you have not used them the standard version is about the size of a ball point pen so it is real easy to carry, I tried the "dog tag" (I lost it) but if your hands are messy the longer handle is actually easier to grip and control.
    Thanks for the input. Its hard to get a feel for the sizes of these things by the listings alone.

    I appreciate it.

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    I can honestly say the fancies contraption I've ever used is a Diamond-Cut Sharpening Stone. I usually use a wet stone or something similar to that to sharpen my knives and I have more bald spots on my arms & legs than I can count from making sure my knives are sharp enough!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bbqgrill View Post
    Wow, take a breath man, don't hate the technology.

    I can use a stone and I have one of the "fancy" Lansky kits that I do not use now. If you had followed my link you would see a product that is as simple and small as a stone. The advantages of the product is that it produces a perfect edge in literally seconds and there is an unquestionably even bevel angle on both sides of the blade. Also, in my kitchen where knives are not treated as roughly as my hunting knife I use a butchers steel to maintain a fine edge.
    My real issue is that if you look at the vast majority of folks that go and get the spiffy sharpening kits first time out, most of them never learn to properly sharpen a blade with anything else. More often then not they got those fancy sharpeners because they can't sharpen anything with a stone or tried and failed miserably. Clearly that's not the case with some of the folks on DC but IMO that's been the general observation I've had over the years.

    So I'm just suggesting folks spend the time to read up on the basics and learn on a stone first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by packinnova View Post
    My real issue is that if you look at the vast majority of folks that go and get the spiffy sharpening kits first time out, most of them never learn to properly sharpen a blade with anything else. More often then not they got those fancy sharpeners because they can't sharpen anything with a stone or tried and failed miserably. Clearly that's not the case with some of the folks on DC but IMO that's been the general observation I've had over the years.

    So I'm just suggesting folks spend the time to read up on the basics and learn on a stone first.

    But if that works for them, why not? I know a few people who either sell or throw away their knives once they get dull, and buy new ones. Better to just sharpen it again IMO. A lot of people don't use knives that often, and when they go dull, just want a quick fix for it.

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    These are inexpensive, portable and work very well...
    YouTube - Sharpening : Part 5 - Lansky Crock Stick Set
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7beX_EKXkmA

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    Quote Originally Posted by C9H13NO3 View Post
    But if that works for them, why not? I know a few people who either sell or throw away their knives once they get dull, and buy new ones. Better to just sharpen it again IMO. A lot of people don't use knives that often, and when they go dull, just want a quick fix for it.

    I love using a stone and freehanding, and I think it's a great skill to have, but it's not a skill everyone needs.
    Knives aside, that is a real good point we have become a throw away society.

    As for using a stone I have become lazy the closest I come to a stone these days is my butcher steel.
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    I've never understood how someone can throw away a knife. It's so easy to resharpen them...
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    Quote Originally Posted by bbqgrill View Post
    I am very happy with the Redi Edge I keep one on my hunting belt and one in my kitchen. www.rediedge.com/
    Normally I do not like those carbide sharpeners due to their fixed sharpening angle. These look like they may be adjustable. Are they?
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