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Location: Sneads, Florida
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I am thinking about getting the Knives of Alaska Caping knife to handle my cleaning duties. Has anybody had experience with this knife? Anybody tried to sharpen the AUS 8 Steel blade? Is it any easier than tradional stainless steel? Thanks for the info.

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Well, I bought the Knives of Alaska Cub bear. So far, after 4 deer, I am pretty pleased with the knife. I used a diamond stone to keep it sharp. I have to sharpen after each deer. The blade holds up nicely and I love the size of it. I really like to keep my deer very clean while cleaning and this knife helps out alot. I would recommend.

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Location: Montana
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Are you saying you have to completely hone after just feild dressing a single deer?

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Not completely, but I do give it a few passes to make sure it is still sharp.

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Location: Summit, IL
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If you are just field dressing and having to sharpen then thats pretty pitiful...Now if you are completely skinning and boning then its still not great but not bad to have to swipe it a couple times after. With my Buck (skinner) I can completely field dress, quarter and debone on average 3 deer before I have to do a thing.

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Not me. My knife will not hold up that long. Ofcourse, I may not be able to sharpen as good as you. I am not a very experienced knife sharpener.

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My guess would be its more the poor quality steel in the knife than it is your sharpening skills ganny. There are many ways to sharpen a knife...But if its too soft of steel then it will not hold the edge well no matter what your skills are.

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Location: Montana
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I make custom knives. About every 5th blade I thoughrly test in general just to make sure my heat treat which I do myself is up to the standards i insist on or better. Here are test results of my last blade. I keep records for myself. Understand the testing was all done on a single one inch area of the blade.

"Testing from 3/03/07

4 inch clip point hunter (false edge on spine)
Roughly 19 degree secondary edge on flat ground blade all testing done on one inch area. Edge taken to 1000 Grit from grinder and ceramic sticks used (Simple working edge)
Results:
50 cuts on 9oz. horse hide leather
100 hits on hardwood log
60 cuts on 9oz vegtan cowhide leather
50 hits on very hard Bubinga wood block
50 cuts again on horse hide
50 hits on Bubinga
116, 2 inch cuts in 3/16 dried cardboard box
56 cuts on ¼ inch latigo leather
Blade still holding a edge very very well after all cuts, no working of the edge needed after the test. No damage or dulling of edge observed at all"

Understand there was absoloutly no touching up of the edge at all, not even a swipe on my pants leg which can bring a slightly dulled edge back to life. Also all these cuts were push cuts as I tape off the one inch area to make sure im testing on the same area.
All hitting of the blade on wood was hard hits as I could get with a smaller blade as i was testing. Side note . Bubinga is a exstremely hardwood roughly two times harder then oak accourding to the Jenka hardness scale that grades hardness and machinabliy of wood.
My main point is this is what I concider a working grade blade of mine. I try to find things that naturally wear a edge fast and thats readily reproducable material for testing. So these results would be my minimum requriments.
Romey

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Location: Sneads, Florida
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Wow. I dont believe my knife would come close to that.

SJ
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ganny76 wrote:
Wow. I dont believe my knife would come close to that.

I have never had a knife that would.

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Obviously, I've never had a good skinning knife. I'm going
to take a whole new look at what a good knife is..........jb

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