In today’s modern world, you can find almost every survival tool but think back to the old times when people would invent tools to survive. Such survival tools are necessary to survive, and one of those tools is a bushcraft knife.
If you ask someone who enjoys and explores nature what a bushcraft knife is, they will immediately tell you where you have lived in this century, but let me educate you a bit on what it is. Their first tool is the survival knife, also known as a bushcraft knife for those who understand wilderness.
In this post, we will talk about how to sharpen a bushcraft knife.
Preparing to sharpen your knife
Nowadays, survival pros use bushcraft knives for almost everything, and keeping your bushcraft knife sharp can save a lot of time in the wilderness, and as the saying goes, “you are as sharp as your bushcraft knife.”
For someone who lives his life in the wilderness all the time, bushcraft is essential, and learning to sharpen your bushcraft knife in nature can be tricky, but let’s go through the process slowly and see what we need to sharpen our bushcraft knives.
What you need to sharpen your bushcraft knife
Firstly, the essential thing you need to do to sharpen your survival knives is a water sharpening stone, a strop for polishing the knife, and a non-toxic oil to apply after washing the blade. In most cases, water sharpening stoned need to be soaked in clean water for 5 minutes.
After soaking your sharpening, you have to place it on a dry surface so the water stone won’t slip during the sharpening, and you may hurt yourself in the process.
Finding the angle
Hold the survival knife at a comfortable angle; we recommend holding it at 25 degrees to give the knife a good sharpening shape and durability. Place the end of the blade against the sharping water stone and start moving the blade against the stone.
Flip it often from side to side to give the desired edge to the blade; while moving the knife, make sure not to apply a lot of pressure. Using a lot of force will take a lot of material away from the blade, and in most cases, the edge can even break or be rendered dull and not efficient for cutting.
Depending on the Waterstone, you need to apply water also while moving the blade against the stone, making the materials combine with water and giving the knife a better shape and agility.
Water can also reduce the heat that the blade produces during the sharpening. The strokes need to be the same for each side of the edge to keep a consistent grind.
Finishing up the sharpening process
To finish up, you can take the back of the stone and grind the blade against it, always keeping in mind that the number of strokes needs to be the same for both sides.
In the end, you can use a strop to give the final polish before placing the knife in clean water to take the remaining materials away. After drying it up, you can apply a non-toxic oil to finish.
The final test
After finishing applying the non-toxic oil, your bushcraft knife it’s ready for the final test to see if all your work was worth it, and your blade is razor-sharp. The final examination will be cutting the edge of a paper, and if applied in the correct method, the result will be a razor-sharp edge, and that’s what you are looking for in a bushcraft knife.