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How to Sharpen a Knife in the Field with Minimal Tools [VIDEO]

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In this video, survival expert Ray Mears teaches you his preferred method to sharpen a knife in the field.

Bushcraft survivalists like Mears often carry small sharpening stones in their gear bags in case they need to sharpen their knives in the field. Mears uses a Fallkniven DC4 whetstone, which has a smooth diamond abrasive face on one side and a serrated ceramic face on the other. He also carries two small nails to anchor the stone into place. Watch the video below to learn his technique.

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Mear’s knife sharpening technique is an efficient way to keep your hunting or survival blade in tip-top shape out in the field. As Mears mentions towards the end of the video, a dull knife is an inefficient tool. The duller the blade, the more pressure you have to put behind it, which equals a greater risk of energy and loss of precious energy.

Do you have a different method to sharpen a knife in the field? Share your method in the comments section below. 

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How to Sharpen a Knife in the Field with Minimal Tools [VIDEO]