Miller’s Tips: Keeping the Edge in the Field

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By: Jim Miller
By: Jim Miller

When was the last time you bought a new knife? Or had one of your favorite custom made knives skinning & cutting with all of the ease you could ask for, only to make one swipe and discover the blade is totally dull? Especially on a huge bull elk or a boar hog. I know I’ve been there and it just shuts down your skinning operation. It also becomes a very dangerous job for you personally, as more hunters have sustained serious cuts with a dull blade, than a dry shave sharp blade!

Recently I was visiting with the famous knife guru Charles Allen of (Knives of Alaska) and was telling Charles my problem with a dull knife and his response was very simple and understandable.

 

 

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When you’re knife stops cutting, he said, you don’t necessarily need to go to the sharpening stone. His suggestion was, stop your work and go somewhere where you have warm water. Instead of putting your blade to stone first wash your blade with soap and warm water. If you’re in the field, as most of us will be when dressing game, make sure you carry a pack of  sealed ‘Handi-Wipes’ and wipe your blade down as thoroughly as you can. Then, also make sure to carry a small baggy with a cloth that’s saturated with “WD-40, the do everything petroleum based oil. A good wipe with a WD-40 soaked rag will get into the sharp edge of your knife and clean out all of the residual fat that has collected in the micro serrated edge of your blade. This will get you’re knife ready to dry shave again then you can resume your skinning job, safely.

I hope each and every one of you have a new “Knives of Alaska” Meridian / Diamond Blade (Voted, 2013 Best of the Best knife award by Field & Stream Magazine) under your Christmas Tree this year.

Merry Christmas to each and every one of you and thank you for following my Tips of the Month