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The Whys and Hows of Sharpening Your Knife

Knives are an important part of our life, be it for regular everyday chores, or for recreational activities. You might have spent a huge amount of time and money choosing just the right type of knife that suits your needs, it might be a hunting knife for a day out in the woods, or it might be a Glock Field Knife (which can also be used as a bayonet, by the way), but it is all in vain if you don’t sharpen your knife properly. Sharpening the knife keeps it looking and working its best.

What most people don’t understand is that after you have bought the knife, you need to take proper care of it, like you would with a gun. Regular maintenance of knives is necessary to keep them working at their best. The most important care that you can give to your knife is keeping it sharp. After all, a sharp knife is a safe knife. The extra amount of force that you apply to compensate for a dull edge might result in the knife slipping and causing a slash injury.
The Whys and Hows of Sharpening Your Knife
The most important thing to keep in mind while sharpening your knife is never sharpen it on a power-driven grinding wheel not designed specifically for that purpose. You could burn the temper on the edge making it prone to chips and cracks. The first step to sharpening your knife is picking out the correct knife sharpeners:

• Sharpening stones: Used to grind and hone the edges of steel blades and tools, they are available in various grits, with finer gits giving a finer finish.
• Diamond stone sharpeners: These have a micron sized layer of diamonds bonded to a metal surface. Diamond sharpeners are fast, effective and come in different grits.
• Sharpening steels: these are steel rods harder than the steel to be sharpened. They can only be used for alight honing or reshaping of the metal edge. If the steel rod is coated with diamonds, it can also be used for the grinding process.
• Tapered and pocket sharpeners: These small sharpeners are used for serrated blades, gut hooks and fishhooks.
• Electric knife sharpeners: while they are faster, they do not give as much control as hand sharpeners and don’t polish the whole edge properly.

Once you decide upon the type of sharpener, you need to learn how to sharpen your knife:
• Grinding: removal of metal using a more aggressive grit
• Honing: a precision abrasion process using a finer grit.

However, if you are uncomfortable sharpening your knife yourself, DeGuns provide knife sharpening services. This is an expensive way to get more services out of your knife. So sharpen them regularly and keep ‘em cutting at their best!
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