Beginners Guide To Knife Sharpening

By our friend BC Truck – be sure to visit his YouTube Chanel

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  1. SCPrepperPoppa says:

    You are a very good teacher!

  2. Finn Mahone says:

    Nice video. The most important thing when sharpening is to maintain a constant angle. I happen to be severely challenged (I have worn knives to a nub and have never been satisfied with the degree of sharpness) to maintain an angle while sharpening with this method. Thankfully I have been able to find a knife sharpening kit that holds the knife in a clamp and the stones are held to a rod that maintains an adjustable to your liking, the proper angle.

    • Bctruck says:

      It does take a certain “feel” to hold the same angle by hand every pass.

      • Finn Mahone says:

        Yes it does. Some people have it like you and some just don’t like myself…lol

    • Jersey Drifter says:

      Finn Mahone,
      I have a kit like that too. Maybe by the same company, Loray Sharpeners. Came in a brown plastic case, 3 different grit stones, mount for the stones, bar to hold the mounted stone, and a clamp for the knife. Also some oil.
      Nice kit. Makes things a little bit easier.

      • Finn Mahone says:

        I have been using a KME Knife sharpening kit. I have course, medium and fine diamond stones and a full set of Arkansas stones from extra course to extra fine. The kit is made in New Jersey, USA. I get my knives hair popping sharp and it can also sharpen 2 blade broad heads for those of us who archery hunt.

        For larger sharpening jobs such as an axe I use a mill bastard file.

        • Jersey Drifter says:

          Wow. the KME unit is way nicer than what I have. Same principle, but a lot nicer.

  3. Thanks, BC! DH is knife sharpening impaired and I always get to do it. He used to save his knives for my daddy to sharpen for him. Daddy used to keep his whetstone with a can of oil on the counter of his hardware store for people to use, but usually ended up doing it for them while they chatted. I have that stone now.

    • Frog check!!! Lol, around here it’s scorpion check! That’s why I have flip flop feet all rear long!!

    • Bctruck says:

      I still have a hardware store near me that dies the same. Sometimes I go there even if I don’t really need anything, just to by a little fitting or other piece of hardware, just so I can sit and chat and sharpen my knife while drinking coffee. Those places are all but gone now. My local western auto used to sell guns and ammo but it’s been replaced with gimmicky t-shirts.

      • BC, my daddy’s store was one of those with a wood burning stove, a pot of coffee and a resident cat to keep the rats at bay. He had been in the wholesale end for many, many years and when this place came up for sale he got it. I think the DH still is amazed that I know the difference in a coarse thread vs fine, and carriage vs hex head bolt! And he also had lumber!

        • Thats knowledge you will always need. Count yourself among the few who know what holds things together and the different purposes for each type of fastener.

  4. JP in MT says:

    Thanks BC!

  5. exile1981 says:

    test – my first post didn’t go through as it said my email address wasn’t valid

  6. Useful video, but when I worked in the butchery trade I used a different method some people may prefer.

    I used a large rotary wetstone (sometimes referred to as a whetstone for obvious reasons) and held the blade flat on the stone. This would be a long process with a knife that wasn’t already ground to that shape, but by using the wetstone first and following up with the steel, I kept my knife sharp enough to shave with.

    Unfortunately it was stolen a few years later, and we’re no longer allowed to buy knives like that in Britain unless we’re “in the trade”.

    Give me a broken hacksaw blade though, and I’ll soon put a razor edge on it.

    • Bctruck says:

      If I come across one of those power hacksaw blades that are about 2 inches tall and 26 inches long,I’m gonna make a knife out of it. I coma across lumber mill blades quite often but they are to thin.

      • Nsaneprepper says:

        I have about half a dozen my dad was going to make knives out of…God rest his soul. Someday I intend to try my hand at it.

      • BC,
        Late reading this and still catching up. Spring has been too busy and too wet here.
        I had a neighbor years ago who brought home broken bandsaw blades from work and made good money making some fine, sharp filet knives. One man scrap can truely be another mans treasure.

  7. Thanks so much for your video! It was perfectly explained for someone like me who is new to all of this. It was simple and easy to understand. My only question is does it matter how much pressure you apply?

    • bctruck says:

      actually it is hard to explain without showing you,but i would think if your pressing so hard your hands tire,thats to hard,to light and you wont be making a burr on the edge that you can feel.

  8. Thanks B.C. you have to have a sharp knife to cut the bacon slabs. Dang it now I’m hungery , o ‘ well thanks B.C.

  9. Jersey Drifter says:

    OK BC,
    Now you did it. I have this strong urge to gather up all my folding pocket knives, sheath knives, kitchen knives, hatchets, axes, battle axes, wood chisels ( what did I miss ? ) and start sharpening. I think I will skip the bayonets.

  10. mom of three says:

    You need sharp knifes, I keep my blades sharp. I took my sharpener, to my mother’s to do her knives they were terrible. My mom, took her knives to the local grocery store and the guys, in the butcher shop, would do them for two dollar’s a piece and it was not that long ago, two year’s maybe but they stopped it.

  11. Dave in Georgia says:

    BC, great stuff. Enjoyed every minute. Like to tell the scouts in the troop the safest knife to use is the sharpest. Learn how to keep a knife sharp and you will use less effort when used and that will keep the bandages in the first aid kit. I will show your video at my next totin chip class.

  12. Tactical G-Ma says:

    Thanks for the how to. As usual it’s something we all should know and practice.

  13. Encourager says:

    Thanks BC. There is nothing more dangerous in the kitchen than a dull knife. Most of my knives are old and I needed to learn the proper way to sharpen them. Good video!

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