We’ve recently changed our knives to Cold Steel Knives. These knives are some of the strongest in the world and can be seen by the demonstrations done by the founder of the company. With his no holds barred attitude he shows you how awesome his knives really are. His attitude towards knives and guns is just as good as his knives. One reason we decided to make the switch.
There are many different ways to sharpen a knife and everyone has their own personal preference. But did you know that there many mistakes made when people actually sharpen their knives. We’re going to cover some of the mistakes and things to pay attention to when sharpening your knives.
One of the most common mistakes made when people sharpen their knives are uncontrolled bevel angles. And basically failure to establish a new edge and this ends up leaving the final bevel very rough and in bad shape.
What you’re going to want to do is pick an angle to sharpen your knife. Most people don’t know this but if you already know at what angle your knife is sharpened at, then you’ll want to sharpen your knife at that angle again. If you happen to not know it might be a good idea to ask the manufacturer of the knife which angle is best and most appropriate for your knife. In any case you’ll need to decide which angle is best. Once you decide which angle you’re going to sharpen choose an angle of 10-30 degrees per side. Try not to make shallow angles. This makes the knife sharper but the sharpness doesn’t last very long. I would choose a more steep angle of around 17 degrees. This angle will last longer and is more durable in the long run. It’s also a good idea to find a sharpener that has a guide mechanism, this will help the sharpening process.
To make sure your knife has a symmetrical edge, make sure you sharpen the knife by dragging it across the stone or sharpener in the exact opposite direction that you would if you were going to slice off a thin layer of the stone. What this does is it forms a burr and makes the stone last longer.
Now what you’ll want to do is continue grinding at the same angle until your grind is about at the half-way mark of the blade. Also when choosing an oil for your stone, make sure to check with your manufacturer. The wrong oil can damage your blade and if you have an expensive knife this can be a costly mistake and not one that you want to make.
Next what you’ll want to do is flip the knife over and sharpen the other side until you create a new edge. A good way to check to see of you’re doing a good job is to check to see if you’ve raised a burr. One way to check this is a famous way and that involves dragging the blade across your thumbnail and see if it catches or scrapes.
Then just go ahead and flip the knife over and repeat the process. After that and this next step is up to you but try using another stone to sharpen your knife with and a dry, finer stone if you can and just repeat the steps above.
These are just some basic and useful ideas to help you when you sharpen your knives. Nowadays there are some very sophisticated ways and machines to sharpen your knives with. However when you’re in the mountains hunting and you have a big bull elk on the ground and you have to pack him out, all you’re going to want to have is a simple sharpener that doesn’t weigh a lot.
I hope this article helps you out and gives you some tips for sharpening your knives.
Take care and good hunting.
As a hunter and outdoorsman this is something that has been a debate for many years among my friends and family who are also outdoorsmen. I’ve been using a buck classic fixed blade knife to hunt with for as long as I can remember and using a gerber multi-tool as my all-tools-in-one. In case I ever needed a screw driver to fix my rifle or any other emergencies that came up while I’m way out in the bush.
Now I’m not saying that a buck fixed blade is better than a gerber fixed blade cause each of them have their strengths and weaknesses. For example a buck knife holds it’s sharpness for a long time but when it comes time to sharpen up that blade it can sometimes take a little sweat to get just the right edge you’re looking for. However a gerber knife’s sharpness may not last as long but it may be very easy to sharpen. I’ve also found that it all depends which type of knife you purchase from each brand.
I must say though that gerber’s multi-tools are definitely top quality and some the best multi-tools I’ve ever used in my life. They’re very user friendly, easy to open and use with one hand which is very important sometimes. There’s been plenty of times when I couldn’t use both hands and needed my multi-tool opened quickly and with only one hand. It’s been a life saver in those circumstances and I can’t speak highly enough about them.
On the other hand my buck classic fixed blade that I’ve used to hunt with for over 15 years has been an awesome knife. I can’t remember how many elk and deer that beautiful knife has gutted and skinned. If I sit back and think about all the fond memories that knife has and how long it’s been at my side on all my hunting adventures it almost brings a tear to my eye. That knife is one durable, long lasting, tough son of a gun.
In the end I’d recommend both brands to anyone who asks me. I’ve never had a problem with either of them and they’ve always performed their functions top notch.
I’m not biased I’m just speaking from experience. So next time you’re thinking of which knife to go out and buy keep these things in mind. They just may be the answer you’re looking for.
Gerber Legendary Knives were founded in 1939 by Pete Gerber. Gerber Legendary Knives was started in Portland, Oregon but later moved their headquarters to Tigard, Oregon. Gerber was the first knife makers to collaborate with a custom knife maker. The custom knife maker was David Murphy.
Some history of the Gerber family. They had their own advertising firm in Portland, Oregon 1910 and started out by shipping out kitchen knives during the holidays to clients. These knives became very popular and then the famous Abercrombie and Fitch started selling them in their catalog in 1939. They then broke out on their own that same year and the rest is knife history.
By 2003 they started bringing in revenues of $100 million dollars and became the second leader selling multitools in America.
Gerber has built a solid reputation for making knives and mulitools over the years and in 1985 Pete Gerber was inducted into the Cutlery Hall of Fame at the 1985 Blade Show in Atlanta, Georgia.
They are also famous for their innovative designs and the materials they use in making their multitools and knives. This is a solid company that will be around for a very long time.
Hunters, fishermen and outdoorsmen are very picky about their knives and multitools when they head outdoors. Having a good knife or mulitool can mean the difference between have a fun, successful hunt or fishing trip and having a horrible trip. I know there were times when I was young and couldn’t afford a good quality knife to take fishing and hunting with me. Let’s just say it ended being a serious headache trying to gut a fish or the animal that I had killed.
I’m sure any parent who reads this article will love reading this and will hopefully implement these ideas into their kid’s lives. I was introduced to fishing when I was very young. I can still remember cruising down to the local lake on a Saturday with my dad and older sister. We would toss out little shrimp and catch catfish or small white bass. Also during the spring months when the carp were spawning close to the shore we’d go to the same lake with our Ruger .22s and do our part to thin out the carp population.
From the very first time I went fishing and hunting I was hooked. It was an instant and lifelong addiction. I still sit back and think fondly about those fishing trips down to local lake and other fishing trips across my home state.
I’d be willing to bet six figures that the number one reason I never got involved in drugs or anything illegal growing up was because I was introduced to fishing and hunting at a young age. Sure I did mischievous things that all boys do but nothing that’d land me in jail. I was way too busy dreaming about my next fishing or hunting trip to worry about doing drugs and all my money went to those two hobbies.
I can’t thank my father enough for having a love for the outdoors and introducing it to me and sharing it with me when I was young.
Something as simple as taking your kids outdoors and instilling a love for fishing and hunting can lead them down a safe path that will keep them out trouble for their entire lives.
Fishing and hunting becomes a burning passion that will never leave their hearts or minds.
Spring is coming so it’s time to grab your fishing poles and rifles and go enjoy America’s beautiful outdoors.
I’m sure there’s a lot of sportsmen out there that sit around the house on the weekends during the winter months wondering what to do with themselves or what to hunt. There’s a couple of options during the off season and this is actually one of the best times to go out and help our big game herds. Not only are our big game herds slowly starving to death but they also have to worry about the threat of predators such as wolves, coyotes and mountain lions.
We’re going to only focus on one predator that poses a big threat to our big game herds and fawns during the winter and early spring months. Although wolves are the next big threat to our big game animals.
Coyotes. Coyotes are famous for killing a lot of fawns during the winter and spring months. The great thing about coyote hunting is we don’t need a license to go out and harvest coyotes. We can go and hunt and kill as many coyotes as we want and it’s all beneficial to our big game herds. Coyotes are also considered a nuisance because they are unafraid of going into towns and cities and are widely known to attack pets and small children.
There’s definitely no shortage of coyotes in America. We urge all sportsmen to go to your nearest hunting store, grab a predator call, your rifle and head out to the mountains or desert and do your part and take as many coyotes as you can. Your big game herds will thank you for it.
There’s no reason for us sportsmen to get bored during these winter months. Be safe and good hunting.
We’re not sure how many anglers out there know how close our fishing rights recently came to being hammered and lowered. Animal rights groups/EPA were pushing for all lead fishing tackle to be permanently banned forever. If that bill would’ve passed it would’ve done substantial damage to many industries, people and anglers that rely on lead fishing tackle to survive for their lively hood. It would’ve been like a stack of dominoes falling down.
Anglers, hunters and sportsmen wouldn’t stand for it though and thousands upon thousands of sportsmen fought back to protect our rights. It was an awesome sight to see so many people who all have the same love and interests to fight for something that’s very important to us.
One thing I know for sure and that’s that sportsmen will never give up and will never stop fighting for their rights to hunt and fish in America’s beautiful outdoors. For sportsmen fishing and hunting is more of a lifestyle or religion than just a mere hobby like playing video games or going to the movies. Sportsmen dedicate hundreds of hours and spend thousands of dollars every year to the sport they love. There’s not too many other hobbies out there that can say that.
Sportsmen are also good, down to earth people. There’s been many studies conducted that show kids who fish and hunt are healthier and less likely to ever touch or take drugs. The outdoors become such a passion for kids as well as adults it’s all sportsmen think about which leaves little time for self-destructing habits.
Spring is around the corner which means more fishing and hunting for us sportsmen.
From the beginning of time men have been hunters. It was a necessity to survive and I’d like to think that even men back then men enjoyed the thrill of the stalk and kill as we do now.
Even when the first explorers landed on America’s soil they hunted and fished to eat and survive. Lewis and Clark wrote about their adventures hunting and fishing America as they explored across this great land.
Hunting has been passed down from generation to generation from father to son. Now it’s being passed down from father to son and daughter and even from mother to daughter which is exciting and great to see happening.
Hunting and fishing is an important part of our heritage not only as Americans but as human beings. Every country and every culture has hunted or continues to hunt to this day. Hunting and fishing is as natural as waking up and eating breakfast every morning. It’s ingrained in our blood, it’s part of who we are and what we stand for. Nothing connects you closer to mother nature then being out there stalking game or reeling in that big trout or bass.
It’s sad to see a large part of our culture losing touch with their roots and heritage. And even actually trying to take away our rights to pursue the things we love and things our ancestors have done for thousands of years.
We as Americans who live in the best country in the world owe it to ourselves and future generations to preserve our rights and keep hunting and fishing alive forever.
Fred Bear was born on March 5th, 1902 and passed away on April 27th, 1988. That was a sad day when the “father of bow hunting” passed away and left this earth for the big meadow in the sky.
Fred Bear helped to make bow hunting and hunting in general become a mainstream sport. He gave hunting a great name by the way he hunted and carried himself.
He became a legend after another great hunter, sportsman and musician Ted Nugent wrote a song about him. Ted Nugent and Fred Bear became great friends.
Bear traveled the world in pursuit of big game and filmed his kills and hunts and are now legendary. He didn’t even start bow hunting until he was 29 years of age which just goes to show that it’s never too late and you can do anything that you set your mind to.
Archery was Bear’s life-long passion. He played a key role in promoting a bow-hunting season in Michigan back in 1936. He became an expert marksman and won the state’s target archery championship in 1934, 1937 and 1939. He also became a regular on the sports show circuit, inspiring experienced bowmen and novices alike with his natural shooting skills.
Whenever a bow hunter hears the name “Fred Bear” they get inspired to hunt and to practice their archery.
We as hunters and sportsmen owe a lot to Fred Bear for what he did for the hunting industry. Sometimes it’s unnerving to think where our hunting rights would be without Fred Bear.
I don’t know if you’ve ever been out of shape and tried to go hunting in the Rocky Mountains but let me tell you from personal experience it’s not fun and super difficult. When I was about 24 years old I was working 12 hour shifts at a company standing on my feet all day. That was not only painful on my feet but really bad for my health and well being. While I was working at this place I gained around 10-15 pounds of fat and the sad thing was I didn’t even notice it. It took one of my friends to tell me I was fat before I was able to notice how much fat I had put on.
Well when autumn rolled around and hunting season came I was still out of shape but went hunting anyway because hunting is a way of life for me and I literally count the days until I can go big game hunting. However when I tried to hike the same hills that I had been hunting for the last 10 years I was unable to reach my destination due to the fat belly I had given myself. Now I could easily blame it on the company I was working for and say it was their fault for the 12 hours shifts and standing all day. It wasn’t their fault, it was mine I should’ve been watching what I eat and exercising as much as possible.
Needless to say the hunt didn’t turn as good as it usually does because I was unable to reach my honey hole where I know there are always animals there and I’m almost guaranteed to harvest a buck.
I know the hunts are here now so this article might be a little late but keep this mind next year during the summer months as the hunts are approaching.
Being in shape or out of shape can and will determine your success or lack of success.
Be safe and good hunting.