I’ve been going through the BOB lists and more often than not find one very important thing missing.
A knife sharpener.
Not only is a dull knife most dangerous but it’s a real pain in the hinder too!
Believe it or not my favorite knife sharpener is a chainsaw sharpener - but - it takes a right amount of practice to use one (without eating up the
blade of your knife) and they tend to be very brittle and break easily.
They're also tough to carry around - so I’ve moved on to a diamond encrusted sharpener like the one in the picture.
It has a pocket clasp you can clip on your shirt pocket (like a pen) and as the sharpening surface is hidden when you’re finished using it there’s
no worry about breakage. (The top screws off and is kept in the handle when not in use).
Gerber Pocket Sharpener
Learning to sharpen your knifes is a task any of you who think you'll be on the bug-out should learn.
Since there are sooo many different methods of sharpening, not to mention the *wet* vs. *dry* debate (oil vs. spit, toward draw vs. away draw etc)
I’ll just make a suggestion here.
Go to a local second-hand shop or garage sale (before they’re outlawed) and buy up a bunch of used kitchen/butcher knifes. Start on those - then
move onto your hunting/protection knife.
I also use the pocket sharpener to sharpen my broad tips - and my hoof knife - but both can be tricky and you do need practice.
If you've got any great tips for sharpening - please post them!
Personally I use the sharpener *dry* and I manipulate the sharpener, not the knife, which I hold steady and at an angle with my left hand...
But those are just my ways!
Point is it work great for me - from my kitchen knifes, to hunting to throwing knives - but I’d like to hear what you’ve got to add.
[edit on 26-2-2009 by silo13]