How to Hone a Knife





Introduction: How to Hone a Knife

In this instructable you will learn how to hone a knife so it has a razor sharp edge. Warning when using a knife this sharp be extra careful because you could lose a finger or cut yourself so bad that you bleed to death!

Step 1: Use Rough Fileing or a Whetstone

In this step you are going to bring the angle of the cutting edge to about 10 degrees because the angle of a factory sharpened blade is crap. The new angle should be about 1/4 or more inches long. A whetstone does a nicer job but i used a file when i did this.(See picture.)

Step 2: Rough Sanding and Fine Sanding (For People Who Used a File)

Find a block of wood and rap the sandpaper around it to give it a flat surface and sand in the direction of the grain of the steel. (Go in one direction not back and forth.) When you start use medium grade sandpaper and then work your way to super fine. Use this info at the bottom to help with the grit you will need. (Bad pic I will get a new one soon.)

600 grit to start.
Then slowly work your way down till you get to 1500 grit.

Step 3: Finishing It Off

Find a strip of leather like shoe leather and put some sharpening oil on it and rub the blade on it going in one direction (same as sandpaper) the leather should be on a flat surface. Hold the blade at the same angle that you filed the edge and do this for as long as you have Patience . (if there are burrs on the edge than you did it to much)

Step 4: Cutting Vids

Some fun I had. Click on the links to watch (Each bundle is 1/2 inch thick)

Cut 1

Cut 2



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    that looks like a homemade knife... (other than the "saw" part of it) is it?

    The "saw" part is called a serrated edge. I believe it is used to cause more damage in the stab.

    i made the serrated edge useing diferent sized metal files.

    That is some good craftsmanship. It looks professional.

    i know these comments are extremely old. but could you post an instructable on how you made the serrated edge ? i would love to see that done.

    I couldn't care less what you were asking. I was telling you the name of the serrated edge.

    okay......... btw.. are you some sort of fighting/blade expert?

    Not really fighting. I do study blades and the like sometimes. Sorry for the rude comment. I was ticked at somebody at the time.