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    Wondering what a good sharpener would be for:


    Small stainless steel knife blade (Case Sodbuster, Swiss Army Knives, etc.)

    Hatchets/small axes (small camper's axes and boy's axe style heads)


    This would be for home use, so bulk and weight doesn't matter. I would like something that is easy to work with and not overly expensive. Thanks


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    You are going to get all sorts of recommendations for kits and "sharpening systems" and jigs and gizmos to hold the blade while you work but for the money a good 4 sided diamond hone will do everything you need.

    http://www.harborfreight.com/4-sided...ock-92867.html

    I keep one of these blocks in the work box next to my recliner so I can sharpen knives as I watch TV. I also keep individual flat diamond hones in the kitchen and in the workshop.

    You will also need a good file to repair the edges of the axes, machetes and hatchets. If you are really using them eventually you are going to do some damage to the edge and a file is the best repair tool.

    I also use ceramic hones to finish the edges as well as a leather strop for the knives I want a super fine edge on.

    If you are carrying and using the SAK, from any maker, you are going to need a small stone for touch ups in the field. Those knives will not hold an edge for long and need constant care. It is the same for almost all stainless steel knives.
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    Pretty much what Kyrat said, I've tried just about every gizmo out there and I keep coming back to a bench stone. Used to be I could never get a good edge with one, but after culinary school it was mandatory that we learn proper sharpening. Stick with it and you'll get better. I do touch up on a ceramic or steel.

    For axes and machetes I use a belt sander with a worn 200 grit belt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kyratshooter View Post
    If you are carrying and using the SAK, from any maker, you are going to need a small stone for touch ups in the field. Those knives will not hold an edge for long and need constant care. It is the same for almost all stainless steel knives.

    I have one of these for touching up penknives that I use a lot:

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    But it doesn't give you a really nice or consistent edge if the blade needs a good sharpening

    I will stop into HF for the file you recommended, thanks for the link

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    My chain saw box has chain files along with a 8" Nicholson mill bastard file for the ax, hatchet or machete.

    Piece of 6" Mill Bastard File in my bag hunting bag, one edge ground down to a 90 degree flat edge for striking a piece of flint
    File gets used on knives if they really screwed up, but do carry a small Norton stone...1/2 by about 3"......

    Lately have been carrying a pocket mini ceramic to dress up knives in the field after the stone. Something like this...
    http://www.keepshooting.com/gerber-c...sharpener.html

    One drawer in the new knife bax is full of every seen on TV and super neato ultra sharpeners.....That I never use, but "might some day"
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    The basic WORKSHARP does a pretty good job, but practice on a knife you don't value.

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    Harbor Freight 1x30 belt sander for sharpening jobs that arent just touching up an already good edge.
    I also use the Basic WorkSharp for touch ups.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pete lynch View Post
    Harbor Freight 1x30 belt sander for sharpening jobs that arent just touching up an already good edge.
    I also use the Basic WorkSharp for touch ups.
    I guess I though were were talking about "carry with you sharpeners"

    Tried carrying a belt sander....no place to plug in....

    PS my bad....talking shop sharpeners....
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    My new favorite is Spyderco rod system followed by stropping,scary sharp
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