How to Sharpen Serrated Tactical Knife Blades
Today I thought I would talk about a little problem that many folks that carry and/or use tactical knives in their homes seem to have all over the country. That little problem is serrate knives. We all own them in one form or another like a serrated best tactical pocket knife or serrated fixed blade knives or serrated bread knife or even a serrated carving knife. There is an issue that arises for many people that own serrated edge blades. That issue is how to properly sharpen a serrated knife? It is the question of the ages for the modern knife owner. In this post I am going to address this issue and when I am done with it you will know How to Sharpen Serrated Tactical Knife Blades.
For the most part your serrated kitchen or pocket knife will stay sharp longer than your straight edge pocket. Or kitchen knives will and they will even cut when the serrations are getting dull. As the scallops and teeth of a serrated knife get dull the quality of the cuts that you once got will slowly degrade into tearing, pulling and shredding of the item that you are cutting. When this tearing/shredding effect starts to happen then it is time to sharpen your tactical knives. This is something to know How to Sharpen Serrated Tactical Knife Blades.
Sharpen Serrated Tactical Knife Blades
For many people the chore of sharpening tactical knives is time consuming and for many it is a daunting chore. The fact of the matter is that sharpening serrated blades for many is more problematic than sharpening standard straight edges. Proper care and maintenance of serrated tactical knives will keep those scallops cutting cleanly for a long time. Have no doubt though; these serrated edges do need a greater level of experience to sharpen properly. Another thing to consider is that serrated knife blades take longer to sharpen than their plain edged counterparts.
As I said earlier serrated tactical knives can and do stay sharper longer than plain edged knives and because of this it will take longer for a serrated blade to become dull, and this is even true for combination bladed pocket, fixed and kitchen knives. The “teeth” of a serrated blade “bite” or start the cutting process first and then the scallops of the blade follow through to complete the cut. The “teeth” take most of the cutting pressure and the scallops take the least amount of cutting pressure. Because the scallops take the least amount of cutting pressure they stay sharper longer. This is something to know How to Sharpen Serrated Tactical Knife Blades.
How to Sharpen Serrated Tactical Knife
Now let’s talk about how to sharpen your serrated knives. In order to do this you will need to obtain the correct type of sharpener designed for sharpening these types of blades. There are many on the market by many manufacturers that are specific to the chore. Some are good, and in my humble opinion some are just plain old bad. Some of the types of serrated tactical knife sharpeners are the “draw through” type.(I personally do not care for “draw” or “pull” through sharpeners)Then there are the sharpening rods that come both in standard and tapered versions and made of different materials from carbide to diamond coated. There are specialize serrate sharpening stones that are texture to accept the scallops of serrate tactical blades.
Many of the sharpening rods or sticks come in a triangular shape. To work on the scallops between the teeth of the knife. The “rat tail” type of file or sharpener is taper in order to naturally fit the diameter. The one thing to keep in mind when wanting to sharpen serrated tactical knives is that as with sharpening best tactical fixed blade knife you will have to take the same considerations with serrated edges and that means that you will need to choose the correct sharpener and what materials you want that sharpener to be made of. This is something to know How to Sharpen Serrated Tactical Knife Blades.
Ways to Sharpen Serrated Tactical Knife
Many of the sharpeners that you would use to sharpen a serrate knife can be use to sharpen plain edge knives. As well and you can get pocket sized sharpeners for serrate tactical knives and combo edged knives. To carry with you for daily honing and sharpening of your daily carry knife. This is something to know How to Sharpen Serrated Tactical Knife Blades.
When it is time to sharpen your tactical knife whether it is a plain edge or a serrate edge. One of the things to keep in mind is the angle that you will use to sharpen your knife. It does not make any difference what type of sharpener you use, keep the angle in mind. Most of the times when sharpening combo edged blades the serrated portion of the blade. In the majority of cases will be of the same angle as the plain edged section of the blade.
Sharpen Serrated Tactical Knife
This means that when sharpening the serrate section of a combo edge it should be at the same angle as the plain edge section of the blade as well. Now there are many sharpeners out there that are refer to as “guide” sharpeners like the Lansky Sharpening Systems. This type of system will maintain the proper edge angle as you sharpen you tactical knives. And you can get stones or diamonds that are triangular in shape to sharpen your serrations at the correct angle with the Lansky System too! This is something to know How to Sharpen Serrated Tactical Knife Blades.
Put the flat to the steel flat and then raise it up to your desired angle. If you know what 20 degrees looks like when sharpening on a flat stone. Then you should know what 20 degrees looks like against the sharpening steel. Then after 10, 20, 30 reverse strokes up the steel the burr will be raise on the flat of the blade. And I lop it off on the 2X4 and then a few strokes on the ceramic rod to polish the flat and I am good to go!