The cutting edge of any knife, or other tool, becomes blunt in the course of the campaign and requires editing or sharpening. No matter what steel the blade is made of. This will be especially noticeable after a long work on hardwood (acacia, oak, beech, etc.) or, for example, after cutting fish or meat on the bone.
Need to sharpen knives on the go, the compact universal hiking sharpeners Lansky Mini Crock Stick Sharpener and Lansky Universal Pocket Multi Sharpener for straightening knives and camping needs.
When traveling on a one or two-day picnic, you can completely do without a sharpener. It is enough to sharpen all your knives and the tool that you take with you in advance. But when planning a campaign (expedition, multi-day hunting, etc.) of any duration and difficulty in an uninhabited area, it will be very far-sighted to provide for sharpening devices as part of your equipment or emergency kit.
In order not to increase the total weight and volume of equipment, it will be quite enough to take one universal device for sharpening knives and tools per group. However, you should not take with you large and accordingly heavy, although they provide high-quality sharpening sharpening sets containing complex fixtures. Those designed to maintain a constant angle when sharpening. As a rule, they do not possess the necessary universality. A machete, an ax or a shovel will not really undermine them. But the accidental loss of any of their small component will disable all such a set completely.
It is unlikely that you will have time, place and opportunity for high-quality sharpening of knives and tools. What is called in full. Because such factors as arranging a parking place and an overnight stay, preparing firewood, cooking, and fatigue in the end will certainly prevent this. Therefore, in the field it will be more appropriate to frequently and regularly correct or sharpen the cutting edge. It is aimed at constantly maintaining acceptable sharpness and postponing the need for thorough sharpening as far as possible in time.
You should also not hope that during the trip you can correct the dull cutting edge of your knife on some natural objects. For example, on stones found underfoot. Yes, with a pre-acquired and developed skill, this is quite possible. But only on certain stones with a smooth surface, which still need to be found. Think first, do you have such skills? Can you even find a suitable stone with a sufficiently flat surface so that you can use it as an abrasive for sharpening a knife?
Otherwise, on a random stone found, a knife, machete or ax can only be dulled even more. Completely killing his entire cutting edge. In addition, there are places where it is quite difficult to find stones in general. For example, sandy or marshy woodland. Approaching from the point of view of efficiency, convenience and ease of use, the ratio of the weight-occupied volume, and that is also important price, we consider below two options for universal pocket camping sharpeners on the example of the Lansky Universal Pocket Sharpener and Lansky Mini Crock Stick Sharpener. Although of course this is not a panacea. The variety of compact grinders sold now is so huge that everyone can always choose the right option for their taste and preferences.
Lansky Universal Pocket Sharpener Compact Sharpener for sharpening knives and tools.
The compact sharpener Lansky Universal Pocket Sharpener is the simplest tool for dressing and grinding knives and tools in the field. This type of sharpener in the English version is called Dog Bone, which roughly translates as dog bone or dog bone. It is an aluminum-ceramic abrasive rod of a triangular section with rubber-plastic stops-limiters at the ends. Grit medium (medium), size 76×25 mm, weight 20 grams.
The main advantages are a narrow work surface and the presence of lateral faces allows you to grind moderately concave and serioretic blades. Good mechanical strength, unpretentiousness in maintenance (the contaminated surface is easy to clean with wet sand), low price. It is versatile enough and allows you to quickly grind a knife blade, machete, ax or shovel in the field conditions. The chain, which is equipped with a compact sharpener Lansky Universal Pocket Sharpener, in addition to the decorative function, has a purely practical being worn on the finger, helps to more confidently hold the sharpener during operation and reduces the risk of cutting.
The principle of operation is simple and is shown below in the photo + flash animation. Alternating passage with the cutting edge of the knife, each side of it, along the corner or flat side of the Lansky Universal Pocket Sharpener. In the case of a machete, an ax or a shovel, on the contrary, an alternating passage with the angle or flat side of the sharpener shaft along the tool blade. In all cases, it is desirable to take into account and observe the angle of the initial sharpening of the cutting edge.
Compact sharpener Lansky Mini Crock Stick Sharpener for sharpening knives.
Less versatile. Sharpening a machete, an ax or a shovel on it will already be problematic, but more accurate and easy to use than a Lansky Universal Pocket Sharpener sharpener. Since there is no need to maintain a constant sharpening angle, it (at 45 degrees) was originally laid by the slope of two aluminum-ceramic rods (50×3 mm) of fine grain. The dimensions of the sharpener itself are 60x50x18 mm, and the weight is 20 grams.
The principle of operation is simple and is shown below in the photo + flash animation. For the wide part of the sharpener, holding the blade of the knife strictly perpendicular to the supporting plane of the Mini Crock Stick, hold it down (cutting movement), pressing it alternately against one and the second rod. For the narrower part of the sharpener (a rougher method), simply scrape the blade along the base of the angle formed by the rods. For ease of maintenance after work, the rods can be removed from the Lansky Mini Crock Stick. The cleaning of their working surface from steel particles is carried out using any cleaning agent or wet sand in the field.