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Knife Sharpening


Lao Tzu

Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.” Lao-Tzu, ancient Chinese philosopher

The day man learned how to make knives was the day they started thinking about how to sharpen it.

A knife is the most basic tool, and the average adult uses a knife almost every day. Yet very few know how to sharpen a knife properly. Even less know how to make one.

Put simply, you sharpen a knife by grinding it against a hard, rough surface, typically stone or ceramics, or a soft surface with hard particles, such as sandpaper. A leather strop is also often used to straighten and polish an edge.

You know what they say, “A sharp knife is dangerous in careless hands. A dull knife is dangerous, period.” Here are some of the best resources we’ve found for learning more about knife sharpening.

The Basics



Knife Sharpening Systems


How to sharpen a knife at camp – Ray Mears

How to sharpen a knife in the field – Ray Mears

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