To be well-prepared, a hunter can choose the suitable weapons that could be a bow and arrow or a gun. However, it’s a knife that most of hunters have one on them while hunting. So, you find it essential to have a knife, but it’s more important to have a sharp knife. A sharp knife is a safe and efficient knife! If it’s not easy to sharpen your dear knife yourself, just call a sharpening service. Otherwise, you can have your knife’s blade ready for hunting based on 3 common sharpening ways as below.
Sharpening with a whetstone
Sharpening stones or whetstones are various in size, shape and material. These flat stones are usually used for flat steel blades and tools, and the complex stones are used for the complex shaped blades and tools. With a whetstone, a hunter needs to be a bit professional to grind his dull knife at home. Nowadays, there are different kinds of pocket sharpening stones available in the market.
A clip point blade
To sharpen your knife with a whetstone, first choose the right whetstone for your knife. Then, the whetstone is put into water for a while to be wet. With some kinds of bench stones, you have to use oil on it. Holding the knife at an angle of about 15 degrees, you move readily the blade forward and backward against the rougher side of the whetstone. Remember to keep your hands free at the cutting angle along the stone while moving not to damage your knife blade. After that, turn over and keep sharpening the other side of the blade until the unwanted part of the knife is removed. Finally, polish your knife with the finer side. With the knife that has more than one blade, you should sharpen them all.
Steps to sharpen a knife on a whetstone
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Sharpening with a sharpening rod
Sharpening rods or sharpening steels are used by many hunters since they are often available, easy to use, and also a part of hunting weapons. Made of steel, this type of sharpener is more used to maintain a knife blade than a dull knife. So, you can use it to hone lightly your knife or/and reshape the knife’s edge. Especially, you can you it wet or dry.
A sharpening rod
To use a sharpening rod, you hold it in one hand and hold your knife in the other hand. Holding the knife and the rod at an angle of 20-25 degrees, you sweep the knife repeatedly towards yourself 5-7 times. Then, turn to the other side. Finally, use a wet towel to remove unwanted metal filings on the knife.
Holding the knife and the rod at an angle of 20-25 degrees
Sharpening a knife with a steel rod
Sharpening with a pull-through sharpener
For beginners, a pull-through sharpener is a good choice, for it doesn’t need much technique. Generally, this kind of sharpener has a V-shape that can be adjustable to fit with the blade. That way, the sharpener can sharpen many kinds of knives.
A pull-through sharpener
To sharpen your hunting knife with a pull-through tool, draw your knife lightly through the rough V-shape. Don’t apply much pressure because it doesn’t mean anything. But, it may remove your knife’s material away. Pass your knife several times, and then turn to the finer V-shape. Check the knife’s sharpness with your nail (Be careful!). If it “sticks” to your nail, stop and clean your knife with a cloth.
A pull-through sharpener with 3 V-shapes
- For beginners, you should practice with a cheap knife from a flea market, and then move on to your hunting knife when you can control your hands’ moving and know exactly how to sharpen a knife.
- How can you sharpen a knife without any whetstones or sharpening rods? You can apply daily objects into sharpening your knife. It could be your car’s window, the bottom of a ceramic mug or even your other knife. Check it out at this video:
5 ways to sharpen a knife without a sharpener by Sierra Trading Post.
- To know how sharp your knife is, check it with your nail carefully or with a piece of paper.
- Besides the sharpeners above, different grinding wheels or electric stones are available. But, try not to use them often. They can make your knife sharp quickly, and also make it lose its edge quickly.
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If you still find it uneasy to sharpen a knife, watch the videos below and practice more. Then, take your bow and arrows, and don’t forget your knife. Enjoy the open season!
How to sharpen your hunting knife by Team Wild TV