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For those who love to hunt, fish or just spend time outdoors, it’s vital to have sharp tools. A sharp knife or axe is easier to use, more fun to work with and reduces the risk of injuries. By sharpening your own tools, you create the best conditions for an active outdoor life.
In hunting and fishing the knife is probably one of your most important tools. With a sharpening machine from Tormek, you can sharpen a wide variety of hunting and fishing knives for many years to come. Our machines are user friendly and ensure that you get a top result every time. A hunting team could well share a machine so that everyone can benefit.
Tormek’s Knife Jig SVM-45 gives you full control and repeatability when sharpening. This means that you can easily restore the knife blade to its optimal edge angle or create a different edge angle if required. The Tormek knife jigs make it possible to keep an exact angle towards the stone which leaves an even bevel across the entire length of the blade. You sharpen the knife until you feel the burr on the opposite side; then you turn over the jig with the knife to sharpen the other side.
To get the highest possible sharpness, it’s important that you finish the sharpening process by honing and polishing the knife on the leather honing wheel. This process will remove the burr that occurs during sharpening and give a razor-sharp knife for a long time ahead.
If you are outdoors and need to touch up the knife, you can use a whetstone or sharpening steel. However, keep in mind that the angle will unintentionally increase each time, which means that you will need to sharpen the full bevel to its intended edge angle again after 2-3 times.
By taking care of your knives in the best way, you will also get the benefit of enjoying them for a long time. The Tormek method means that you only remove a minimum amount of steel during each sharpening, which will extend the lifetime of your tools. With Tormek’s sharpening system, the edge is continuously cooled with water during the sharpening, which is both gentle on the steel and washes the ground steel particles into the water trough. The grindstone also rotates slowly throughout the sharpening, which means there is no risk that the steel becomes overheated and loses its hardness.
Different types of knife steel have different qualities in terms of hardness and strength. The most common knives for hunting and fishing are made of stainless steel or carbon steel. These are perfect to sharpen with a Tormek although you may notice different rates of steel removal and size of burr.
Setting the right angle is crucial when sharpening edge tools. Edge angle means the total angle between the bevel angles of the knife. On the majority of hunting and fishing knives, you use the total edge angle, preferably between 30-40°. When setting the edge angle on thin knives, you half the number of degrees to get the same result. Read more about this in the instruction for SVM-45 Knife Jig.
The ideal edge angle depends upon the type of knife and its intended use. A small edge angle (25°) will cut easily but it will also be more sensitive to wear and damage, while a larger edge angle (40°) will give a stronger and more durable edge. The edge on an all-round hunting knife generally needs to be larger because it should be tough and sustainable, preferably between 30-40°. With the Tormek AngleMaster, it’s easy to adjust the angle of the edge according to your own use and needs.
The easiest way to re-set the edge angle on hunting and outdoor knives is to use the Tormek Marker Method. By following three simple steps you can quickly get the correct angle.
Regardless of whether you're going to split wood, shape sticks or make a fire, the outdoor knife is a useful tool. And as you know, the sharper the knife, the easier it is to use. You can either sharpen your outdoor knife with our jig for knives SVM-45, or, if you have a small blade knife (neck knife), you can add our Small Knife Holder SVM-00. This makes it possible to maintain an even, durable bevel and control over the edge angle. The holder is perfect for small pocket knives, sheath knives and scout knives. The method for sharpening, honing and setting the edge angle is the same as for hunting knives, see above.
You can easily sharpen all straight or convex knives with Tormek’s wet sharpening system. For concave knives such as hook knives, we do not have a specific jig, which makes them harder to sharpen, but it’s possible to sharpen them freehand on the edge of the stone. See our film ”how to sharpen a hook knife with Tormek” below. Please note however, that we cannot guarantee a perfect result with freehand sharpening.
The axe is a fundamental tool for outdoor life. Many people are surprised to see how sharp an axe becomes after being sharpened on a Tormek. With the Tormek Axe Jig SVA-170, the axe is firmly supported during sharpening and retains a constant edge angle. The result will be a sharper longer lasting axe.
When you sharpen your axe, you choose the edge angle depending on how it will be used. The edge angle of a carpenter’s axe or hatchet should be 25-30°, depending on the hardness of the wood. A felling axe or a hunting axe must have a larger edge angle, preferably between 30-40°, to make the edge more durable. See our film” how to sharpen an axe with Tormek.”