Sharpening my knives has got to be one of my favorite tasks/hobbies. When you take a dull blade and bring it to a hair popping sharpness, well that is just a rewarding feeling of accomplishment for me.
The end result is great but to me, it’s the process that I simply love. The sound of steel grinding away on a stone. The lighter sounds of the knife on a leather strop. Ok STOP!! That is beginning to sound weird!!! Anyway, all I want to say is that it’s not a job for me. Just like carving a spoon, it will relaxes me.
What do you use for sharpening your knives? Ok first, please don’t think that I am trying to convert you to what I use. Anything in these blogs is just telling you about products I enjoy. That’s it!!
But if in the process you do get something because of our blogs and it becomes a big positive in your life, well that will be a positive feeling for me as well.
There are a lot of stones/brands out there and it can be a little confusing especially when you are just starting. First off I am a big fan of WaterStones. They work well and I don’t have to get my hands oily each time I sharpen my knives.
I am using a combo right now of 1000/6000 grit but there exists many different combos’ depending on your needs. They are also sold separately.
My favorite job is the stropping. I am using a strop sold by DLT Trading. The leather is hard and will do what you want it to do. When leather is too soft at times it can change a little of your angle on your cutting edge. I use this strop with Bark River’s White and Black compound. The black is equivalent to 3000 grit and the white to 12000.
This kit is very effective for me. Ok so what about sharpening field kits? Glad you asked… I own 2 types; one is the popular DC4 by Fallkniven. It’s small, packs well and will do the job. It’s got a coarse side and a finer one.
Other field kit is the S3 Dry Box by Bark River. Now if you are a fan of the strop… this is just AWESOME!! It’s not for light backpacker’s but still not that heavy. It is completely waterproof and contains everything in it to bring any dull edge back to scary sharp conditions.
The kit contains:
- Bark River Green and Black Compound (I replaced the green for the white)
- KSF Custom Leather Hone
- 400, 600, 1000, 1500 and 2000 Grit Sandpaper (4 pieces of each)
- S3 Dry Box to serve as a base and storage/carry
There you go my friends. That is what I use and just love it. Hey! Why don’t you tell me what you love to use? Thanks.
Here’s a VIDEO of me using the WaterStones sharpening an axe.
Related Video (Sharpening an axe and the ULU knife)
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