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How to sharpen a knife or ax

27 Comments on How to sharpen a knife or ax

  1. For those who can’t view the video, the knots video has a pop up that says flash is required to view and it can’t be viewed by mobile devices. Bummer.

  2. I was a little confusing but overall it was helpful.

  3. I saw a commercial for “The Edge Of Glory”,which can sharpen a bunch of things.

  4. Troop17 is right. its better to go against the edge because there is less of a chance of rounding it off an ruining the edge. @hawkeye, maybe you’re just a boss at sharpening blades.

  5. I worked for Buck Knives for two years and one of my duties was sharpening knives on a leather strop.

  6. This is wrong you’re supposed to have the blade pointed away from you while doing this it says so in the boy scout handbook

  7. Good Reminder If You Forget How To Sharpen a Axe or Knife:)

  8. Random person // October 12, 2010 at 6:46 am // Reply

    my knife is so DULL it wont sharpen with a whetstone.how do i sharpen it!please HELP!!!!!

    • get a good qulity pocket gatco sharpener (they sell them at Cabelas)they will sharpen almost anything really well I use them to keep my knives razor sharp (you can alomst shave with my letherman)

    • how long have you had your knife?

  9. files work faster than stones and if you ever have to cut out a stump sharpening with a stone will take forever

  10. it really isn’t that easy

  11. HawaiianEagle74 // August 3, 2010 at 1:31 pm // Reply

    How is it that we teach our scouts to always cut away from their body but when sharpening an ax they file towards the blade with their hands? Shouldn’t it be taught to get on the other side of the ax and file the same direction as the blade?

    • If you try and sharpen ‘with the blade’ you will likely round over the edge – always sharpen against the edge.

      • i disagree i’ve sharpened my tomahawk with the blade a ton and never had a single problem with it exept now it’s razor sharp and thats a advantage

    • Anonymous // May 5, 2011 at 1:40 pm // Reply

      There should be a guard ion the file to protect the hand.

  12. Scouter32 // June 6, 2010 at 5:12 pm // Reply

    I love how Boys Life’s website shows you cool stuff like this.

  13. This ax sharpening makes me glad I learned it differently. I agree with burrito about the burr. Try to count the stroke on the first side then repeat on the other. This will give you a good base. You will begin to be able to feel the burr once you have done this a few times. After I finish with the file, I move on to an “ax stone” with some honing oil on it. This will give it a nice touch and it has two sides with diffrent grits to make it even sharper. Lastly, I have been known to use my ax on a barber strop to make it hair splitting.

    Remember that a sharp axe is a safe axe.

  14. In the knife sharpening video, the angle is actually 23 degrees, not 30. You should also sharpen each side of the blade the same number of times. NEVER sharpen serration on a whetstone.

  15. where can i find a whetstone?

  16. nice man:-)

  17. lonhorn_fan8 // April 24, 2009 at 8:12 pm // Reply

    did not understand the knife sharpening

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