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Knife Sharpening Trick: Use a permanent marker to get the right edge on your blade

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Have you ever used a Sharpie to help you get that perfect edge on your knife blade? Here's a little knife sharpening trick to help you hone your sharpening skills.  For the quick and dirty article, checkout the first one from Outdoor Life Magazine.  To get an in depth take on the topic complete with close up pictures and common failures, checkout this article from ITS Tactical. I've included a quick preview from both articles and re-linked below.  Share your tips with us in the comments.

Quick Study - from Tyler Freel via Outdoor Life

...There are obviously many ways to skin a cat (or caribou), but I have to credit my dad for showing me this one. It works great for either your old skinner or your brand-new blade. Although good factory edges are shaving sharp right out of the box, they are generally slightly rough. With a few simple steps you can put a hard-wearing bevel on a blade and hone a dangerously sharp edge on any knife...

Click here to read the rest of the article at OutdoorLife.com

Full-Scale Intensive - from Patrick Roehrman via ITS Tactical

...Go slow at first, concentrating on keeping the same angle. This brings me to the problem of compensating for the human element. Naturally, as you’re sharpening, you’re going to rock up and down on your angle to some degree. You should try to control the wrist or the forearm rocking as much as possible to keep the angle of the blade the same as you push and pull the knife from one end of the stone to the other. One thing to remember is that as your wrists or forearms rock back and forth, the angle of the edge you are creating will end up being the highest angle you’ve rocked up to during the process of sharpening. Simply put, you need to hold your angle a little lower than you want your final angle to be to compensate for your rocking motion. Do five to ten strokes and then check your progress, looking at the edge to determine where you’re removing steel from and how to correct it if needed. Then swap sides and do five or ten strokes on the opposite side of the knife to keep your edge symmetrical. Make an even amount of strokes for either side until an edge is established...

Click here to read the rest of the article at ITStactical.com

...images courtesy of Outdoor Life and ITStactical

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