E47: How to Care For a Knife

//E47: How to Care For a Knife

E47: How to Care For a Knife

Hosts Aaron and Jonathan recap lessons gained from their knife sharpening class with Master Knife Smith Bob Kramer and have a general discussion about knives, their importance, than uses.

After your mind, a knife is the single most important tool you will ever carry. Edged tools have done more to advance society than anything else in history. Thus, why we are such big proponents of learning to use and care for knives properly in addition to regularly caring.

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  • Why knives are so important.
  • The specificity of types of knives and their uses.
  • The myth of the perfect all-purpose knife.
  • What makes up a survival knife.
  • What makes for a hunting knife.
  • What makes for a fighting knife.


By |2016-10-15T00:10:31+00:00December 12th, 2011|Urban Survival Podcast Episodes|4 Comments

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  1. John December 13, 2011 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    Great episode. I have always wondered about the different types of knives out there, what each type is good for, and why their costs range from small change to mega dollars. I learned quite a bit from this episode. Thanks!

  2. ed January 23, 2012 at 2:02 am - Reply

    good discussion, I like the tip about the matchbook approximating a 10 degrees bevel.
    a few good resources:
    http://www.woodbutcher.net/scary.shtml the technique called “scary sharp” good for convex edges – such as on the mora knife if you use foam under the wet and dry paper or for chisels if you use float glass/marble for a firm support.

    Amazing electron microscope images of what a wire edge is, why sometimes you don’t want a polished edge but something rougher and a discussion about what sharp actually is.

    and an old trick that is sometimes useful – if you away from home and don’t have a stone such as a friends house where all the knives are thrown in a drawer you can sharpen the knife with only a coffee mug.
    Tune the mug upside down on the bench and sharpen on the unglazed porcelin at the base. Strop on cardboard, your belt or you can use any round steel – tent peg, soup ladle handle, radio antennae.

  3. ed February 7, 2012 at 3:27 am - Reply

    update: ferfal demonstrates a good trick with the Scary Sharp method – using ladie’s nail buffing boards:


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