If you frequently train in survival techniques, or just love to really rough it while camping, you probably carry a knife at all times. In wilderness conditions, a knife is a wonderful multi-use tool. This means it must stay as sharp as possible to complete the tasks you need it to. So, what’s the best way to sharpen your knife in the wild? If you are prepared, you should carry a Lansky Puck with you, which has a coarse and fine side to hone the blade nicely. It is also a great idea to know how to use it properly.
- The sharpening puck was chosen because of its versatility. It can be used to sharpen both knives and axes equally well. There are other tools that many SERE Specialist use in my career field to specifically sharpen knives (diamond sharpening stones) however they lack the versatility of the sharpening puck.
- When using the puck to sharpen a knife you start with it in your hand using the “barstool technique” whereby your fingers are all below the edge of the puck to ensure that you do not slice your finger tips off while sharpening your knife.
- Whet stones / sharpening stones work as they are extremely porous and will collect metal as you grind the blade against them.
“”To sharpen your knife you need to understand the bevel of the blade””