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    Default Best in the field Knife sharpener?

    I was wondering what your favorite knife sharpener is? I would like to get a lightweight sharpener that can be used once you get your animal down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose30 View Post
    I was wondering what your favorite knife sharpener is? I would like to get a lightweight sharpener that can be used once you get your animal down.

    I like one of these, don't use it much anymore because I use a Havalon and just change the blades, but even those sharpen right back with a few strokes through one of these.

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    I have tried just about every kind. Handsdown the hunter honer is the best. I too have a havelon but only swap blades if one breaks. Did an entire moose including caping on two blades. One broke, the other i just kept sharpening on the honer. Its very lightweight and puts a shaving edge on any blade.
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    I got an older DMT 2 sided folder style. With medium on 1 side & fine on other. Hard to find one like it these days

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    Have always loved my little diamond steel.......
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    echo on the dmt folding sharpener, I use the blue/coarse and have been very pleased

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    The Redi Edge is very compact, light weight, and will get your edge back to razor sharp in literally 2 or 3 strokes. Amazing, and I have owned many sharpeners. I now use the havelon too, but still carry the redi edge for everyone else's knives....

    http://www.rediedge.com/products/original.html

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    She really cuts the steel off with that rediedge.
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    A two sided stone, course and fine and round like a hockey puck, been in my possible bag for years.

    Vince gave me a Havalon, the wife immediately took it from me and it resides in her skin sewing kit.....

    Shes says I'd love it........ 'if' I ever tryed it
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    best knife sharpner is a second knife....


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    The only one I carry that sharpens everything is a large mill flat file. It sharpens knives, camp axes, removes dings on my outboard propeller. I never had the need to buy and carry anything else.

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    Best knife_sharpener I've found is Mindy from Cutco. I only need to see her every couple of years though...
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    Quote Originally Posted by akiceman25 View Post
    Best knife_sharpener I've found is Mindy from Cutco. I only need to see her every couple of years though...
    Either those Cutco knives are the best thing since sliced bread, or you're pretty easy on your knives.........lol.
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    every knife i've ever touched up for the past decade has been with the same set of ceramic sticks. They have a little holder that maintains the angle. After five or six salmon after dip netting, couple swipes of the fillet knife renders it back to razor-speed for another pile of fish.

    skinning out/gutting/quartering a big bull moose, couple swipes of the hunting knife every hour or so of work, renders the knife back to razor-speed. I don't find a sharpening stone is ever needed for a touch-up on a blade unless a mistake was made, like hitting dirt or gravel stuck to the hide that damaged the edge, ect.

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    Lately I've gone to an impregnated leather strop mounted on a little piece of wood, but most of my field knives have a convex edge profile.

    http://www.sharpeningsupplies.com/6-...p-P313C11.aspx (which I cut in half to make smaller)
    http://www.sharpeningsupplies.com/Gr...nd-P26C11.aspx
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    http://www.knivesshipfree.com/knife-...dry-box-clear/ (if you want it all nice and neat done for you)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlingitwarrior View Post
    I have tried just about every kind. Handsdown the hunter honer is the best. I too have a havelon but only swap blades if one breaks. Did an entire moose including caping on two blades. One broke, the other i just kept sharpening on the honer. Its very lightweight and puts a shaving edge on any blade.
    I have had great success with this one, too. Picked one up at the Sportsman's Show about 5yrs ago; it's been a good investment. I've bought several for gifts, as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akgun&ammo View Post
    best knife sharpner is a second knife....


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    I agree. I carry a couple of hair-splitting Benchmades and touch them up on a Spyderco Sharpmaker once we are back in camp.
    Now what ?

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    This is what I use, best thing going as far as I'm concerned.

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    Now that looks promising.

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    That does look promising indeed. I have something similar with only the carbide blades that I think I got at Sportsmans and I like it. There have been times that I thought I could use a little finer edge/stone. Your combo sharpener looks like just the thing AK troutbum.

    Scott

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