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Nick22N
2016-12-26, 05:07
I've been using my knife in the outdoors, batoning, whittling and making small spears and feather sticks. Sometimes the knife cuts the wood easily, sometime I gotta push really hard against the branch before I can shave off a layer of wood. Whenever I'm home, I sharpen my knife using a stone and ceramic pull through sharpener for a finish. I check if its sharp enough by cutting a sheet of paper. If its a smooth clean cut, I declare it as sharp enough. But how do I know if my knife is still sharp enough in the field after being used for a while batoning and whittling. I don't want to whip out a sharpener every now and then and sit down to sharpen it wen I'm outside. How do I judge if my knife is still good enough, sharp enough to be used safely for making feather sticks and for medium duty cutting work? My knife is made of 420HC..
The Gerber StrongArm..
(love or hate the gerber, but this knife is really wonderful and worth the money spent on it)

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Roche
2016-12-26, 08:24
I've never had a need to cut a sheet of paper in the field but my SAK does have a sharper edge than the knife I baton with.

Superman
2016-12-26, 10:07
When I hike I carry a knife with about a 1" blade. I sharpen it with a kitchen knife sharpener about once a year. It has always done what I've asked of it.

sheepdog
2016-12-26, 14:03
A dull knife is an abomination!

saimyoji
2016-12-26, 16:25
Like a gun with no bullets.

sheepdog
2016-12-26, 17:00
Zacktly

rhjanes
2016-12-26, 19:14
Keep them sharp. A dull blade is actually dangerous as you apply more pressure.
It sounds to me like you have a sharp blade and are pointing out differences in the item you are cutting. Which is normal. A dull knife can cut a soft wood. But when you attempt to cut a green hardwood, you won't get there! A sharp knife can cut lots of stuff, but still could be an issue with a green hardwood or a VERY seasoned wood.

Superman
2016-12-26, 19:19
All knives should be outlawed.

Lugnut
2016-12-26, 22:08
When knives are outlawed only outlaws will have knives.

Superman
2016-12-26, 22:45
When knives are outlawed only outlaws will have knives.

Very cutting joke.

sheepdog
2016-12-26, 23:22
At least get rid of assault knives.

Superman
2016-12-26, 23:49
At least get rid of assault knives.

...are you referring to bayonets in excess of 15"?

toecutter1978
2017-01-11, 22:16
At least get rid of assault knives.
Are you referring to the M9? That's just a hunk of steel, I could never keep an edge on that

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sheepdog
2017-01-12, 10:07
I like all knives and swords....

Roche
2017-01-12, 10:22
I like all knives and swords....

#Knives&SwordsMatter

toecutter1978
2017-01-12, 11:47
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HK Turmoil. I freaking LOVE this blade.

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toecutter1978
2017-01-13, 18:22
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Had the etching done. I think it gives it a nice touch. Surprisingly it was not expensive at all. Only $10

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john pickett
2017-01-15, 05:34
Nice

toecutter1978
2017-01-16, 00:50
Nice
Thank you.

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