Help! I've injured my baby!

May 17, 2001
My baby GRS that is. I was breaking up some old fencing in my back yard yesterday and must have gotten into an old rusted out nail. Now I have three dents in my edge. These are dents, not missing chips. Any suggestions?

Try pushing the dents back into line with the rest of the edge using the chakma included with the knife or a steel. Even a cheap butchers steel that comes in a block of kitchen knives will do the job. If the dents are really bad, you can possibly use a hammer and anvil to tap the dents back in, although you want to be very careful doing this! You may want to double check with Uncle Bill before trying it as well. I dented the edge of my GS on a deer bone a few months ago and I managed to save some of the edge by steeling and tapping. It's still indented a bit but the knife still cuts. Good luck!
If the dents are serious I would lock down against a solid table with a C clamp, then the dent is worked out with a piece of flat bar. Push the bar from spine to edge.

Forgot try to keep the angle the same as the original edge.

If it is not too serious, what R.R. said.


[This message has been edited by Will Kwan (edited 06-06-2001).]
Thanks for the advice guys. When you refer to burnishing the edge with the chakma, what is the proper technique? I read the faq but I'm not sure I'm doing it right.

There are a few ways to use the chakma. The way I use to (and still sometimes do) is to draw the narrow edge of the chakma over the edge at about 45 degrees. Only the weight of the chakma is required.I repeat until I feel a consistent burr on the opposite side. Then I use the chakma on the opposite side in the same way. Once I have had a burr on each side I use the flat of the chakma to remove it on one side. Again only the weight of the chakma is sufficient pressure. Usually the burr will flop to the opposite side (if it does not you are finished). Normally I will have to use the flat of the chakma on the opposite side. Keep alternating between sides until you can not feel a burr.

Another way is to lay the chakma flat against the side of the blade and push it along the edge. Repeat on both sides about 5 times. If you feel a burr, remove by steeling on the opposite side.

Both methods work. I find that the second method is faster. However, it does the edge does not seem as strong. The interval between steeling is shorter with the second method.

Completely confused?