Edge on a gut hook

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by Vincent Price, May 25, 2020.

  1. Vincent Price

    Vincent Price

    Feb 28, 2020
    I'm not asking for feedback on the benefits or lack of having a gut hook on a blade, just asking how to get a decent edge on one? This is the first knife I've done one on, was a challenge forging anyway. Left the gut hook finishing for last, yes even after the heat treat and temper and now not too sure how to get an edge on it. I've got a chainsaw file or a dozen, flat files, sand papers belt grinders, ideas? Knife is camel bone and 1075 steel.
    Gut hook https://imgur.com/gallery/Wl2991o
  2. argel55


    Oct 30, 2005
    I use a dremel sanding drum or also a round diamond file.
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  3. kdnolin

    kdnolin Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 16, 2017
    I’ve only done a few, but did them the same way as argel55.
  4. weo

    weo KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 21, 2014
    chainsaw file?
  5. TheEdge01


    Apr 3, 2015
    Use a Dremel sanding drum to profile the edge, then put the final touches on it with a sharpening steel.
  6. Willie71

    Willie71 Warren J. Krywko. Part Time Knifemaker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 23, 2013
    Sandpaper wrapped around a dowel, or die makers stones.
  7. Storm W

    Storm W KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 19, 2019
    Spyderco triangle stones will get in there.
  8. Mikko Pitkanen

    Mikko Pitkanen

    Nov 23, 2019
    I've made only one but I used a small 60/80 grit sharpening stone.
  9. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    I use diamond cylinder burrs in my flexshaft (a Dremel will work). HF has them in sets of 30 for $10. The cylinder stone burrs used for sharpening chainsaws also work.

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