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    If you keep your knife sharp, you can touch up the edge with a piece of waterproof sand paper about the size of a Dollar bill, If you cant find a flat surface, Lay it on the top of your leg, A few strokes and your good to go . and you cant get much lighter.


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    Using sandpaper is also an easy way to get a convex edge. Using the sandpaper on your leg will give it that edge, but may be too much of an angle.
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    ****note to self - check contents of first aid kit, making sure there is an abundance of bandages before stropping a razor sharp knife on a piece of paper on my leg*****
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    I carry the Sentry Solutions kit when I'm out and about. It works great as long as the edge isn't already FUBAR'd.
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    Have you ever tried to cut a piece of emery cloth with a knife! Also you dont push the edge across the paper, you pull it.

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    Ummm.....it was a joke RWB.....or at least an attempt.
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    Ha Ha You got me. Just trying to get my point across. Still feeling my way around here. Great site yall have here. Lots of info.

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    If I'm in the field and I need to sharpen my knife, and for some reason I have forgotten my sharpening stone, then I use a nice smooth creek or river stone, one that has been smoothed by the years of river water flowing over it. Works great in a pinch. Of course that's only after my other two knives have dulled.
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    Default altoid tin sharpener

    wet dry sand paper stored in a altoids tin. cut to fit on lid when top is closed. i have a piece of rubber on top of lid for smooth surface. ( leather works to) I store a thin leather strip for stropping inside along with multiple grits of paper and finger bandages . have added a small bag of vaseline coated cotton balls for fire starter and rust treatment on knives. here in mid coast ME. 90% humidity and higher is common in the summer time

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    90%? Quit bragging about your dry weather.
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    I mostly use a ceramic sharpener in the field....small and key chainy...along with a small Arkansas stone

    http://www.amazon.com/Rapala-Ceramic...ife+sharpeners

    Works well to dress the edge after cutting thru deer or game hair.
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    I carry a course stone, for " Oh $h!+ " I ruined my knife ( that's never HAPPEND . ) but as for normal ware and tare of the days use. I stroop with my belt ( last of the Filson bridle leather ) and all is good. I've preached this to a few friends over the years, and they all know it's true. Cause I'm the guy they ask about sharpening blade

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashdive123 View Post
    90%? Quit bragging about your dry weather.
    If you think that is dry,.....I probably shouldn't tell you what Utah's summer time average humidity is.
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    I almost never take anything along to sharpen in the field for several reasons. First, I rarely am afield long enough to dull a quality knife. In my experience a decent quality knife will hold a usable edge plenty long to get through any trip I've had time for. Second, I'm never out with only one knife (part of being a knife nerd!). If I'm planning to be out overnight I almost always have my RAT7 in D2, and it holds a great edge for a long time. Generally I'll have at least one Spyderco folder on my or in my pocket, with a SAK and at least one or two more knives in my pack. Plus I always have at least one Silky folding saw (usually two of them) and sometimes my axe.

    Third I don't think the field is an appropriate venue for sharpening. I use Japanese water stones (natural and synthetic) and a belt grinder, and neither of those setups is super portable.

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    I carry a Smith's Diamond SHARPENER. It has two sides: coarse (325 grit) and fine (600 grit). But I've yet to use them in the scrub as I rarely stay out long enough to dull my knives (I agree with Phaedrus). I use a homemade strop to maintain the edge though...

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    I use a small stone that has 2 differen grits on each side, and a piece of ceramic to do the fine edge polish.

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    I use the fallkniven dc3 (combination of a 25 micron diamond stone and a ceramic plate, only 25 x 75mm and 38g) and my belt to strop

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    http://www.gerbergear.com/Hunting/Ge...harpener_04307

    I added one of these to my kit some time ago. Works fine, doesn't cost much and weighs less than an ounce. I've seen similar products from other brands.

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    When i'm near the sea, i try to find some flat sea rock. I think a good way to sharpen is to use flat rock everywhere.
    And if i am carry a backpack, probably i will use a DMT diamond sharpener that i have (red).

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    I use the Lansy Tactical diamond sharpening rod in the field - quick and easy !
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