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    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.

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    #9206
    Jay
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    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")

    #9220
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    I sharpen all my kitchen knives this way.

    #9249
    Hannah
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    Awesome info!
    Thanks for sharing, 74’!

    #9253
    wildartist
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    Very interesting information! Thanks, 1974.

    #9263
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    matt76
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    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.

    #9270
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    74
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    matt,
    You mean the top of a rolled down window of course.

    #9280
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    LOL ya other wise it scratches the paint. :)

    #9339
    Tolik
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    I have tried that …………..it works , especially on the softer stainless .

    #9405
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    74
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    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 – 10

    #9529
    Tango11
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    That’s a good idea, I’m going to try that out

    #9573
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    @ 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.

    #9579
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    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 $9.99

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    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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