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Maintaining convex in wet conditions

Discussion in 'Maintenance, Tinkering & Embellishment' started by Palacian, Dec 16, 2014.

  1. Palacian


    Nov 15, 2012
    This may seem like a silly question but was just wondering how you would maintain the edge in wet / rainy conditions in the field if sandpaper gets sopping wet?:confused:
  2. shinyedges

    shinyedges Unfaltering Love & Undeviating Will Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 5, 2012
    Many sand papers are wet/dry so water will not effect sharpening. How long are you planning to be in the field? Stropping on leather is also an easy way to maintain your edge while away from home, a leather belt or short piece of leather will do fine.
  3. SALTY

    SALTY Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 19, 2000
    Charging the leather with Flitz also helps.
  4. collim1


    Aug 14, 2014
    Take care of your knife and it should be sharp enough to remain useful for several weeks. A small compound loaded leather strop should help maintain your edge for quite a while. Give it a few strokes after each use.
  5. EChoil

    EChoil Banned BANNED

    May 22, 2014
    A strop is going to be your best bet. Take the sandpaper as backup if you want.
  6. HeavyHanded


    Jun 4, 2010
    Any small sharpening stone can be used to keep up a convex, doesn't need to be a flexible surface. The minimalist approach would be to take along a small chunk of medium grade compound like black emery. You can apply it to some smooth bark right on a branch, or reasonably flat piece of wood. I've maintained my machete on a few backbacking trips by stropping it on compound applied to my walking stick.
  7. Jason B.

    Jason B.

    Jun 13, 2007
    +1 to what HH said.

    A small waterstone around 1000 grit would be my choice.
  8. Almost any sharpening tool will work when wet; and some (or even most) will work even better if wet. Among the options:

    • Wet-or-Dry sandpaper (SiC/AlOx)
    • SiC stone (or AlOx)
    • Diamond hone or rod
    • Waterstone (obviously)
    • Depending on the steel, even natural sandstone/siltstone, found on the ground, can work very well when used as a waterstone. Simple carbon steels like 1095, and low-alloy stainless like 420HC respond well to this method.
    HH's suggestion of honing with abrasive on the walking stick is a great one. Along those lines, a piece of wet/dry sandpaper glued to any similar rod or cylindrical object (walking stick, tripod leg, backpack frame, axe handle), before leaving home, can come in very handy.

    Last edited: Dec 16, 2014
  9. awestib


    Dec 29, 2008
    ^ 2nd
  10. Palacian


    Nov 15, 2012
    thats great.... thank you

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