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I’ve tried to sharpen knives, but I’m not good at it. Sure, as I attempt to hold the perfect angle against a stone and shave away fine bits of hardened steel, I make the blade marginally sharper than when I started but never sharp like it should be.
I want to learn how to sharpen a knife properly, but I can’t seem to find the time — there’s always something more pressing to do, a hunt to plan, a fishing trip, a ride along the river.
For guys like me, there’s two fantastic razor edge knife system options that can get you through a hunting season without worries:
Both of these knives come with a special set of razor blade edges that can be attached to the folding knife, used until dull, then swapped out for a fresh sharp blade. Think about your average utility knife transformed into a hunting knife.
The Outdoor Edge Razor Folding Hunting Knife is shaped like a more traditional drop-point hunting knife. The 3.5-inch blade slips into a near full-length blade frame and locks into place. I like the “blaze” orange model because it stands out when you drop it in the grass. Plus, it comes with a Mossy Oak camo nylon case and 5 extra blades. (For more detail, check out my Outdoor Edge Razor-Lite Knife Review.)
Here’s a YouTube video that shows the Outdoor Edge Razor Knife basics:
The Havalon Piranta line of knives come in a variety of colors, with and without cases, but they share a common thin surgically-sharp blade style. They are lightweight, and frankly, look vaguely wicked. They have, however, gained a solid following of enthusiasts who sing their praises and often call them “crazy sharp.” The BOLT model uses thicker, stronger “60A” blades than previous models.
Both of these knifes are primarily designed for skinning, quartering, and caping deer, elk, and other big game, but they can certainly be used for more more domestic work, like slicing open a bag of jerky.
If you can’t sharpen a knife like me, pick one and take it on your next hunting or fishing trip. Or give one as a gift to your forever dull buddies — they’ll thank you.