Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Sharpening Karambit & Hawkbill Blades (Part 1)

When it comes to sharpening a Karambit knife or hawkbill style blade make sure you use the right sharpener and technique to put a really scary sharp edge on your hawkbill blade.

Because of the curved blade shape on most Karambit knives, I have found that flat benchstone sharpeners and most Arkansas flat stones just do not get the job done.

The best sharpener to sharpen your Kerambit knife is one that has round or triangular shaped rods. Honing Steels, butcher steels and round ceramic sharpening rods work well. Some of my favorites are the Lansky 4 rod diamond ceramic sharpener, the Lansky turn box crock stick sharpener and the Spyderco Triangle Sharpmaker.

With the proper sharpening technique and right sharpener you'll have the edge of your karambit razor sharp!