It is always important that you get to sharpen the knife-edge of your buck knife so that it can be safe and easier to use. When you have a dull edge on a knife, you will tend to apply more force just to make it cut properly.
This could easily result in injuries if not careful. With a sharpened knife, you can now be sure that it would work properly as it is supposed to. Well, the process on how to sharpen a buck knife should not get you scared as it is simple. Learn more tips for sharpening your knife below.
What you’ll need
- A knife
- Coarse grit sharpener
- Medium grit sharpener
- Fine grit sharpener
Steps by steps
1. Choosing a sharpener
You need to get the right sharpener depending on the type of knife you are using and the material. For a nicked knife-edge, you will need a coarse grit sharpener. The same goes for the inconsistent edges on a blade or extremely dull blades with a knife. The coarse grit is important to remove any inconsistencies to form the right shape of the edge.
Start with five strokes for each side making sure that you have the right material shaved off from the blade.
2. Use the right grinding angle
It is important that you follow the same grind angle just as the blade was new. The manufacturer sets the angle so that you have a certain feel when using the knife. For heavy use, the edge will have a blunt V as compared to a vulnerable V when it will be used for skinning. For most cases, you have to grind at an angle of 13 to 16 degrees for each side. A good way to achieve the right angle is by holding the blade so that its back is about one blade width up from the flat surface.
3. Use even pressure and precise control
Applying too much pressure tends to shave more material from the knife and will also remove more grit from the diamond sharpener. In addition to this, the user will also fatigue faster. Too much force is also known for causing micro serrations on the knife-edge, which can be tough to remove.
As for the strokes, you are supposed to keep them straight or circular starting from the hilt to tip or vice versa. For a small portable sharpener, you might as well as keep the strokes in a straight direction.
4. Maintain the edge in contact with the sharpener
You are not to let the sharpener skip some of the parts of the edge of the knife. To have a smooth edge, always consider keeping the edge in contact with the sharpener for a whole stroke.
You always have to do the same amount of sharpening on either side. You can do 5 strokes per side and switch until the edge is sharp again. Do not switch sides after only one stroke as it may make it hard to maintain the angle. Once you are done sharpening with the coarse grit sharpener, be sure to check the evenness of the edge before switching to the next sharpener. You can make some corrections to keep the edge straight.
5. Using medium sharpeners
With the edge now better than before, you can now switch to a sharpener with medium grit. Depending on the type of sharpener, you could use it dry to wet. Just make sure you get to use the right fluid for lubrication. You could use water or water based honing fluid but not petroleum based oil.
As for these types of sharpeners, you simply have to use light strokes making sure that the same number of strokes are applied to each side. With a great technique, then you might not need to use the fine sharpeners after this method.
6. Fine sharpening
When someone needs a smooth edge, then you simply have to opt for fine sharpening. For this stage, you will have to use natural stone or a fine grit sharpener. For the natural sharpening stones, you always have to use them while wet. This might mean more use of the honing fluid and more cleaning after you are done.
The stroking is the same as in the other stages before you get to this stage. You have to repeat the strokes until the scratches are gone from the previous sharpening. For this stage, go one stroke on one side and then switch to the other. Repeat the process until there is no form of the burr.
Now that the knife is sharpened, you need to be careful on how you use it and carry it around. Keep in mind the safety procedures of handling the sharp knives. With a sharp edge, you should now have an easier time handling your deer or whichever you need to accomplish with the knife. Always keep your knife sharp if you want to have an easier time using it.
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