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Sharpening the Gut Hook

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I didn't see much under "Search", so I need some advice.

I am not a hunter (no philosophical problems with it, just never got around to it) nor do any of my knives have gut hooks. An acquaintance recently asked me if I could sharpen up his hunting knife after deer season is over. I told him that I would gladly do it as I have a Sharpmaker, Edge Pro and Japanese Waterstones.

What I do not have is any experience with the gut hook portion.

Thanks for any advice you hunters may be able to offer.
 
i would assume its the same as any other knife. match the angle and raise a burr and take off the bur. i would finish with a fine or ultra fine because the hook does more of a push cut
 
I didn't see much under "Search", so I need some advice.

I am not a hunter (no philosophical problems with it, just never got around to it) nor do any of my knives have gut hooks. An acquaintance recently asked me if I could sharpen up his hunting knife after deer season is over. I told him that I would gladly do it as I have a Sharpmaker, Edge Pro and Japanese Waterstones.

What I do not have is any experience with the gut hook portion.

Thanks for any advice you hunters may be able to offer.

I don't use a gut hook on the back of my knife but the rescue hook I use to do the same thing, I sharpen the same way. Use a pencil, or dowel wrapped in 1500-2000 grit wet dry sand paper (a ceramic rod is even better) and carefully work the area at the same approx. angle as the grind. Works great!

Any other grit I've used less than this doesn't leave the polished edge that slides thru the hide without hanging up.


Good Luck!

NJ
 
a round diamond stone like DMT sells for sharpenming serrations works pretty good imho.
 
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