April 17, 2014 at 3:50 pm #9197
A common item in most household that can be used for sharpening is the bottom of dishes. Every ceramic cup, plate & bowl has a un-glazed rim the the dish sits on in normal use. This surface makes an excellent sharpener. Just make sure there are no bumps , or chips that would interfere with the sharpening.
Attachments:You must be logged in to view attached files.April 17, 2014 at 4:16 pm #9206
Great advice. Those are the little bits and pieces of knowledge that are good to know but you never know when they will become useful.
Alea iacta est ("The die has been cast")April 17, 2014 at 4:23 pm #9220
I sharpen all my kitchen knives this way.April 17, 2014 at 6:41 pm #9249
Thanks for sharing, 74’!April 17, 2014 at 6:56 pm #9253
Very interesting information! Thanks, 1974.April 17, 2014 at 7:58 pm #9263
Another good place to sharpen knives is the top edge of your vehicles window. It is very similar to the bottom of dishes as mentioned above.April 17, 2014 at 8:16 pm #9270
You mean the top of a rolled down window of course.April 17, 2014 at 8:41 pm #9280
LOL ya other wise it scratches the paint.April 17, 2014 at 11:56 pm #9339
I have tried that …………..it works , especially on the softer stainless .April 18, 2014 at 1:04 pm #9405
You will find that glass is a little to soft to sharpen most hard steel knives.
Glass: Mohs scale 5 = 53 Rockwell C scale
Porcelain: Mohs 8 = off the chart over 100
Corundum – 9
Diamond – 10April 18, 2014 at 11:08 pm #9529
That’s a good idea, I’m going to try that outApril 19, 2014 at 1:15 am #9573
@ 1974 – very good point; I seem to see more survival/bushcraft/combat knife makers leaning toward the older types of steel, high carbon and not the very high Rockwell grade ‘stainless’, because it is easier to get an extremely sharp edge in the field, using whatever you have; whereas some of the ultra hard types of steel may be razor sharp when new and may be kept that way in ‘civilization’, but once dulled, they are almost impossible to get a keen edge in the field. I’ve had that experience and learned the hard way.April 19, 2014 at 1:34 am #9579
I recommend cheap diamond hones from Harbor Freight. They are very thin and light. They cut the hardest materials and 3 for 10 bucks is a great deal.
It is not nessecary to have the smoothest honed edge like a piece of broken glass for most applications. The finest cut is 360 grit that leaves slight imperfections in the edge. These can actually inhance the cutting ability acting like micro serrations.
3 Piece 2” X 6” Diamond Hone Blocks from harbor freight $9.99April 19, 2014 at 2:05 am #9586
Thanks for reminding me of Harbor Freight! I’d forgotten them, and I know that if you dig through their stuff, you can find some very good survivalist material for a person on a real-life budget.
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