Survival knives are mostly known for its indispensable purpose. This helps you in the building of a shelter, and other tasks such as the use for preparing food, cut ropes, even cut ropes and much more. This can also support you in times of self-defense and at the same time assist you in hunting for animal food.
What does a “survival knife” mean? The usage of the knife comes in a multitude of variations and purpose only when you are in a survival position like for example, you are in a far off place wherein technology and appliances are not applicable. Most of this happens when you are in a provincial far-flung mission or perhaps somewhere in a survival style vacation. Another purpose is to have a knife that is lightweight, must have a sharp edge, the handle must not easy to break and is handy. Usually, it is advisable to have two knives in case any emergency comes. Folding knives are used as a spare only since it is not as strong as compared to a sheath knife. Its is only kept for slicing and or skinning.
There are also different characteristic of a survival knife and if you are a knife lover or a beginner about learning knives, it is important that you have the knowledge in order for you to know when and how to use a survival knife such as knowing the length and strength of a physical knife and if a type of knife is for survival needs or not. In choosing your knife is it essential that you know the size, the kind of blade and the thickness that you need for survival. An indication for your survival knife that needs to be sharpened is when it is dull and edges are no longer sharp to cut or slice. Since you are in a place wherein it is hard to find a store to sharpen knives there are several ways for you sharpen your survival knife.
First of all, you need to sharpen your knife for the purpose of making tasks easier and faster as well. In terms of sharpening your knife, it only takes a little effort to exert physical strength in sharpening the edges and the blade of your knife. Before you dig in sharpening your knife it there is a few things that you need to consider especially when it comes to the different types of blades steels and blade grinds thus these as well requires different grits and the honing of the angles. Being aware of the sharpener to use for sharpening is also essential.
A little note never runs your hand or finger over a newly sharpened knife as this comes out to be very sharp. Sharpening stones- this is the best tool for making your knife very sharp and ready for to do tasks. Here are the types of sharpening tools or stones for survival.
Whetstone – this type of stone is mostly used for amateur welders of knives. This also comes in two sides, first, one is used to rub out the edges of the knife. The second side, this is the part wherein the knife is sharpened. The usage of whetstone should be damp and you should soak first both sides of the stone for about ten minutes. For survival purposes, at least you should be near a stream wherein you can dampen the whetstone.
Ceramic stones– this sharpens your knife in half of the time compared to the whetstone. However, this is a little complicated. You must sharpen it held up at a point wherein it is at a rough grind precise angle for you to be able to successfully sharpen the knife. This also needs to be soaked for at least three to five minutes.
Diamond stones– this may not appear in your survival moments but to consider as sharpening your knife this is the only option available that is expensive. These stones come in three types: fine, hard and superfine. This is also hard and extremely porous. This does not have to be dumped.
Furthermore, here are more tips as to how you are going to sharpen your knife.
Brushing the knife across softly the stone– gliding the blade up and down to the stone. In doing It more right you have to do it also in a circular motion. Keep doing this until you get a sharper knife, to check for a sharp knife you must only tap and not glide to avoid any puncture of the skin. If you are able to sharpen it properly and correctly you will see shavings of metals and burrs that start to accumulate all over the edges of the blade.
Do not forget to sharpen the back of the back of the blade as this will give you an extra cutting edge power and thus reducing the risk of breaking the handle . Turning the stone to a fine upward just like turning the level up and simply run your blade across to a fine part of the stone. Your other option is honing the road. You may be familiar with how you are going to do this as this is usually seen on television or even if you have a friend or a family member who is a chef. Honing is simply rubbing the knives to remove the burrs of newly sharpened knives.
Testing the knife is very important. The best way for you to test the sharpness of your knife is to get a piece of paper and cut it in half. If it does slices sharply in the middle portion of your paper then that means that you have successfully sharpened your knife accordingly. Of course, if this does not have cut it in halves, just repeat the method that you are using in sharpening your knife. To even look for imperfections as you are sharpening, put your knife on a light and see the difference, if you see any light that is reflected through it that means that you to further trim down a few more before you can recheck it again. Sharpening a knife may take time as this requires you to be skilled as well. It also takes a lot of patience and endurance for you to be able to finish sharpening your knife.