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Camping Knives - How To Get The Sharpest Blade

by Jessica Thompsn I like contrubute
Whether camping, hunting, hiking, or anything else in between, knives that will slice and dice at your disposal is a must have as part of your camping equipment arsenal.  There’s nothing more frustrating than needing to cut a line or piece of rope with a utility knife that has the sharpness of a bowling ball!  Here are a few tips to make sure you’ve got a sharp blade on you.


First off, you need to transform that dull blade into one that will cut at will, you need to use aggressive grits, 300-400, and little by little move up to 600 or higher.  Rough cut stone shape the steel of the knife blade to form a sharp edge.  Less coarse grit, on the other hand, smooths out small serrations lift by the stone.  Eventually, you’ll want to top it off with a 1200 grit stone to get that sharpness you’re looking for.

Now, not only is it necessary to have the right equipment, but you’ve also got to get the right technique down.  This is going to be determined by “what use are you giving this knife?”.  I say this because different sharpnesses to the blades of utility knives are used for different things.  For example, a razor sharp edge is excellent for gutting fish, while a hefty-edged knife is good for when you need a strong outdoor knife for “heavy service”.

The angle at which you sharpen your camping folding knives is also going to differ from knife to knife.  Heavy work knives will need sharpening angles of about 20 degrees between the blade and the stone.  Razor sharp blades will, on the other hand, require about a 12 degree angle.  And if it’s for cleaning out that fish you just caught off the coast of Ft. Pierce, then an angle between 5 and 10 degrees is going to get you there.

One last thing to keep in mind: the cutting edge of a knife blade that’s in contact with the stone should be from 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch in width.

This will get started on your path to sharp-bladed folding knives that are a must have in any outdoorsman’s camping gear!

 

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