reply to post by Dr Love
A kitchen steel does not "sharpen" a knife, per se. It merely straightens or realigns an edge that has been deformed microscopically under use. A
steel does not remove any material. To really "sharpen" a knife, you need to remove a bit of material to get the edge geometry back. There are a lot
of ways to do this.
The one that requires the least amount of skill is to use a "Sharpmaker" or a similar product, which involves clamping the blade at a specific
angle, and moving a stone across it consistently. The most common method of sharpening a knife is probably "freehand sharpening", which involves
simply holding a blade at a specific angle, and moving it across the stone consistently until the desired edge is achieved. You can use a lot of
things to sharpen knives, stones, diamond stones, ceramic stones, sandpaper or even the bottoms of ceramic coffee mugs. The sharpening method that
seems to be gaining in popularity in knife circles is the "mousepad & sandpaper" method of achieving a convex edge. A convex edge is superior to the
traditional "microbevel" edge in almost every way, but it requires getting used to, and takes a degree of skill to attain. All sorts of videos and
tutorials on knife sharpening are available on most of the knife discussion forums, as well as on several manufacturers websites.
A tip on sharpening: forget about those cheap chef knife sharpeners, or those plastic thingamabobs that supposedly allow you to simply draw a knife
through it, making your edge sharp in the process. They will only damage your knife.
As for the best "survival" knife currently on the market, it would probably be Bark River Knife and Tool's "Bravo 1". It is the current issue
knife for the USMC Force Recon units. It is a no-nonsense survival knife, with a 4.25" blade of A2 tool steel. Bark River has recently come out with
a stainless "supersteel" version of the Bravo-1, in CPM-154. CPM-154 is Crucible Steel's powdered metal "super" equivalent of their well known
Bark River makes a whole host of superb survival and bushcraft type knives, and they are all backed by unconditional lifetime warranties. You break
it, they replace it- period.
Other knives on the market worth mention:
Rat Cutlery's RC-3 or RC-4. Randall Adventure Training is a survival school that focuses on real-world survival in South America. They have a line of
relatively inexpensive, no-nonsense, heavy duty survival knives in 1095 tool steel. They were formerly associated with Ontario Cutlery, but have since
Fallkniven's F1- the Swedish Air-Force's issue survival knife. VG-10 laminated steel and very respected.
Frost's Knives (NOT Frost Cutlery!) Mora 2000, inexpensive, but highly regarded. Moras are the "go to" knives in Scandinavia.
Busse Combat Game Warden or Active Duty. Busse's are expensive, and generally not the best finished, but they have the finest steel in the world
(INFI) and are backed by unconditional lifetime warranty.
KaBar's new Becker line. Ethan Becker has been making heavy-duty survival knives with various manufacturers over the years. His latest collaborations
are made by KaBar, and may be the best yet.
Chris Reeve Knives' Mountaineer and other "one piece" series. Chris Reeve has been making high-end survival knives for over 20 years. Including the
"Yarborough"- which is issued to all US Green Beret's upon completion of their training. His "one piece" series knives are machined from solid
bars of A2 tool steel, and are wonderful.
There are a lot of great survival knives on the market right now, with metallurgy and design better than at any other time in human history.
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