In the field, if for some reason you didn’t have sharpeners or sharpeners with you, you can sharpen, or rather correct the cutting edge of your traveling knife, using the edge of a car window, a ceramic mug, a nail file, another knife’s butt, an ordinary stone, a nylon shoulder strap and 550 standard cord.
How to sharpen a knife using a car window, a ceramic mug, nail files, another knife’s butt, an ordinary stone, a backpack strap.
How to do it right, in the video below, John Chlarson, a professional hunter and founder of the Intense Angler Outdoors brand, talks and shows. Separately, you should pay attention to the method of sharpening the cutting edge of a camping knife using ordinary stone. To do this, find two slightly rough stones with at least one relatively flat surface.
Then, by rubbing the stones against each other, it is desirable to bring the flat surface of one of them to an almost even state, without any special irregularities. Next, we sharpen the cutting edge of the camping knife, leading it from the handle to the tip of the blade. So that the direction of movement of the knife along the stone is always at the same angle, relative to the line of the cutting edge of the blade at the point of contact.
Depending on the type of steel on the blade, you may need from ten or more passes on each side. Carbon steel is sharpened noticeably faster and easier. Stainless steel will have to tinker much longer, but it can also be sharpened on a stone.
How to sharpen a camping knife with a piece of paracord.
In more detail, John Clarson talks about how in the field, in the absence of a sharpener, to correct or sharpen the cutting edge of a camping knife using a piece of a regular standard 550 cord.
The general process of straightening a knife using a 550 cord is quite simple. One end of a piece of a paracord is fixed on some basis, and on the second a loop is made with which it is held in a stretched position by hand.
Then dirt is applied to part of the paracord, preferably on the basis of clay. It will play the role of an abrasive, which over time will straighten the cutting edge of your knife. First, editing of the cutting edge must be done on the paracord section with dirt. Then you can polish it on a clean section of the paracord.