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Knives and sharpeners
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Clod    Posted 06-25-2003 at 14:09:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was loooking trough the cow butchering post,Did'nt get all the way though yet.But I would like to hear opinions on choices of knives and sharpeners.I have skinned deer and hogs from hunting times.I often read and tested things on these.One old hunter wrote that he uses the same sharpener the butchers do,You know the metal rod with wood handle?Eventually I got to useing that if I didnt need one in my pocket.Crock sticks I liked..But once I found the angles was the trick to sharpening.I I heard the trick at the end is hard surface.I just found an old broken commode lid.BOSS!

screaminghollow    Posted 06-26-2003 at 19:37:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
fer butcherin' round here folks prefer carbon steel, hollow ground knives. Darn things look all rusty, and they are hard to find except at yard sales. They are easy to sharpen and I use a medium Ouashita stone. Darn stainless is hard to sharpen. Yes maybe I need to sharpen the knife a few times during a day of butcherin, but four or five strokes on the stone does the trick. Hold the knife at a 25 or 30 degree angle to the stone and push it across the stone as if you were shaving it.

Clod    Posted 06-27-2003 at 06:09:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ok..So ,, If you like quick to sharpen,Get carbon steel.Then the hard to sharpen holds an edge longer.MAYBE that is how it works.I had a Browning stainless steel that was too hard to sharpen.I think that is why I liked the little Buck knife the best because it sharpened easy but seemed to stay sharp long enough.

Tom A    Posted 06-25-2003 at 17:00:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree about have good knives, but they don't have to be expensive. I've found several very good ones at farm and estate auctions. Usually they don't go for anything near what they're worth, and they'll last another lifetime.

For sharpening, I usually use 3 stones: a soft arkansas, a hard arkansas, and a hard black arkansas for the final edge. If I've really been bad and have some nicks to take out, I go over it first with a carbide stone and then move to the arkansas.


Ludwig    Posted 06-25-2003 at 15:43:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've got a couple different sharpeners. A little set of the crock sticks in a plastic holder that works slick to touch up an edge. If the knife is really poor I hit it with the diamond wetstone first.
Clippers right, cheap knifes aren't even worth having... Wish my parents could learn that.

Clipper    Posted 06-25-2003 at 14:55:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Fanciest sharpener in the world don't mean squat if you don't have good quality knives.Really good knives are very expensive but will last you a lifetime with proper care.

LH    Posted 06-25-2003 at 21:29:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thats right it has to be good steel to hold an edge. I prefern Benchmade, Kabar, and Kerhsaw brand knives

Lenore    Posted 06-25-2003 at 14:21:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
I read that twice and wondered what a commode lid had to do with sharpening knives. :-(
Then it dawned on me you were talking a bout the tank lid!
Yes that would work.
I have a little diamond sharpener with a pocket clip like pens have.
It sort of look like one of those exacto knives till you open it.
I use it to sharpen my rose pruners.
I have a few old plates with rough unglazed bottoms, they work great for my kitchen knives.
It is now 4:22 pm and I do have my "ears on". :-)

Clod    Posted 06-25-2003 at 17:07:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sorry ..Boss came.Anymore knife stuff,I would like to read,But gone now.

Clod    Posted 06-25-2003 at 20:06:40       [Reply]  [No Email]

30 bucks at Lowes.>> Case yellow handle..When I was very young ,The older guys had these..So,,That is why I think I want one.I have several other kinds.

Clod    Posted 06-25-2003 at 20:10:07       [Reply]  [No Email]

Butchers use these,,I have one,They seem to do as well as any sharpener,Except you cant carry it around like a smaller one.

Clod    Posted 06-25-2003 at 20:15:04       [Reply]  [No Email]

My favorite knife I had for years ,,To use on deer,hog and fish,I lost it hunting at Llano Tex,A little Buck knife. Well..That must be my days limit for posting..I hear a siren now.Good night friends.

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