Safety note: As my Granddad used to say: "Don't cut toward yourself, and you'll never get cut."
Excellent photos by Christy Canida the whale butcher.
See what she does with these knives at Skinning and Filleting Catfish
People have always cared about sharp tools. Some "Bog Man" remains from thousands of years ago have been found with sharpening stones worn as a pendant.
This first video shows how to make your own Bog Man stone from a regular sharpening stone, or any soft abrasive stone you happen to find.
First we will make a drill bit from a nail, drill a hole in the stone, saw the stone in half, and flatten it. Just like an ancient bog man would have if he had the battery drill we fixed last week.
This second video shows how to sharpen a knife for butchering and how to sharpen it for carving wood. I bought the knife in the video from a husband-and-wife team of blacksmiths in China. Blacksmithing seems to be a job for couples in many parts of the world.
Links to the ipod formated videos are at the bottom of this page.
Step 1: Look at the Edge
On this blade the inch near the tip is pretty bad.
Step 2: Thumbnail test the edge
If it slides that means it's dull, as in not sharp, at least in this area.
Safety note: Don't chop your fricking thumb off.