Have you ever tried using a blunt knife? Do you recall how frustrating it was? You might be having the most expensive and good looking fixed blade knife, but if it is not sharp, it is of no good to you. You can either sharpen your knife personally or seek the services of a knife sharpener. It is advisable that you have a good look at the Schrade SCHF36 before you get yourself a hunting knife. This article will outline for you the procedures to follow when sharpening your fixed blade knife.
First and foremost, ensure that you pick the right type of whetstone. Your choice of whetstone will be determined by how badly damaged your blade is. If your blade`s edge is burred or very dull, choose a whetstone with coarseness of about 220 grit. When the blade is lesser dull and not blurred as much, go for a medium-Arkansas stone with coarseness of around 600 grit. You can use a whetstone of about 1000 grit when your blade only needs some tune-up.
You should then wet the whetstone. Most people prefer pouring some water on the whetstone and allowing it to rest so that the water penetrates through the stone`s porous surface. Lubrication helps to increase sharpening tendencies of your whetstone reducing more damage on your blade.
You can now find the angle for sharpening your blade. You will do so by laying the blade of your fixed knife flat on your whetstone and slowly raising it until you feel the blades edge meet the whetstone at a natural angle. If you have a blade that is severely damaged, be extra careful for you to find its correct angle. Normal fixed knives have blades made of edges of between 20-24 degrees. You should always hold the blade at that angle.
The next step is to begin sharpening your blade. You should hold the fixed knife facing away from you when sharpening. Begin pushing the blade away from you starting at one end of your whetstone while holding the blade at the required angle. You should always maintain the blades angle and some pressure while it moves across the whetstone. If your fixed blade knife is curved, you can change the blades lateral angle to ensure that it is sharpened everywhere. Repeat this procedure severally for maximum sharpening.
You now have to flip your fixed blade knife over. Make sure you maintain the blades angle and pull it towards you. Push and pull the blade across your whetstone to sharpen the blades full length. You will ensure that your blade is sharply sharpened if you do so.
To attain maximum sharpness for your fixed blade knife, you may be required change the type of whetstone you are using as the blade becomes finer. This will help get a smooth finish for your knife. After finishing the sharpening processes, test how sharp your blade has become. You can use the “paper test“ to do so. Hold your fixed blade knife on one hand holding an A4 sized paper on the other, slice through the paper from one edge towards the center. The sharper your knife is, the easier it will be for it to cut through smoothly.