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Long Term Field Sharpenability vs Edge Holding

Discussion in 'Outdoor Gear, Survival Equipment & More' started by jmarston, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. gdpolk

    gdpolk KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 19, 2011
    While I understand the argument, I can't say that I agree for my uses. I prefer a steel that can be sharpened and taken into the field and keep an edge for a long, hard day of use if not a weekend of camping/hunting. I find all of the tiny, convenient to pack/carry sharpening tools to be a compromise and a pain to use. I have less time to spend in the woods than I do at home. So, I prefer to sharpen at home, enter the field prepared, and not have to bother with keeping an edge while I can be soaking in the goodness of the great outdoors. That doesn't mean your wrong and I'm right, or vise a versa; it's just a different approach.
  2. wildmike


    Nov 17, 2007
    I learned to freehand sharpen when I was very young. So I'm of a bent toward field sharpenability.
    However I make great use of the newer sharpening hardware. Such as the Eze-Lap DC4 etc.
    I much prefer plain old 1095 steel, or other carbon steels over all of the super steels out there. I like M4, it takes an excellent edge. And 80crv2 has become a real favorite.
    i carry a strop and touch up regularly in use. So I rarely need to do any heavy sharpening.
  3. Pomsbz


    Jul 31, 2015
    Can anyone give me a clue as to which google search will bring these up?
  4. inkynate


    Sep 4, 2010
    "Thin Diamond Plate Knife Sharpening Stone" should work.
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  5. Pomsbz


    Jul 31, 2015
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  6. Anrkst6973


    May 15, 2008
    After years of using stuff like A2 and Infini, I find I get more enjoyment out of simple stuff, 1070 (Tram) 1075 (Condor) and .1095 (Esee or Mora). I use simple devices to maintain the edge and I don't find a few minutes bringing it back to be a detriment to my time outdoors. Just my own personal.02

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