Knife Sharpening Service

Knife Sharpening
Mobile AL

Sharpening The Case USMC Combat Knife

Case USMC Combat Knife

Mobile Alabama Sharpening Service

Sharpening the Case USMC Combat Knife

Marine Corps Fixed Blade

 

Case USMC Combat Knife Marine Corps Fixed Blade

Sharpening Mobile Alabama
Sharpening the
Case USMC
Combat Knife
Marine Corps Fixed Blade

Hunting season is upon us and our knife sharpening business is busy with sportsmen bringing in camping equipment and hunting equipment to be sharpened. Most hunters want and need a rugged field knife with the intent of skinning game and using for camp chores such as whittling tent pegs and such. A customer recently brought a Case USMC Combat Knife which is about as close to the original as I have ever seen. It is a strong thick bladed knife with leather grips and tough as tough can be.

The problem with this knife is no different than every new knife one can buy; it is not sharp. The customer said he had done all he could do and wanted us to see if we could put an edge on the knife. This knife, a dead-on reproduction of the prototype submitted to the U.S. Armed Forces, is made of blackened 1095 carbon steel. It has a 7″ blade. The knife was intended to be a commemorative knife and offered as a gift to knife collectors or others that appreciate quality knives. Therefore, not much effort was made to have the knife extremely sharp right off the assembly line. And, to boot, 1095 is an alloy carbon steel – iron with 0.95% carbon added. It is hard, hard stuff and heat treated to 56RC – 60RC. This is exactly why the customer could not get an edge on it. Unless you have the equipment, knowledge and time, you will be pretty much wasting your time.

Take a look at the width of the factory edge. Anyone that purchases this knife should be extremely grateful that Case went to the trouble of doing this. There is years and years worth of edge to work with here. Here is what I did and what you should do to sharpen this knife:

First, forget about “razor sharp.”  This knife and others like it is designed to be a fighting or survival knife capable of doing many things but not shaving. Putting a “razor sharp” edge on this knife is possible but it would not hold up to the many things the knife will be used for. You cannot cut animal hide or chop a tree limb with a razor. Try it some time to see for yourself. So, this knife was reprofiled with a 24 degree edge starting with a 220 grit stone and made progressively sharper using 400 grit, 600 grit and finallya  1000 grit stone. Then the edge was polished with 2000 grit and 3000 grit finishing tape. It is sharp as all get out but you cannot shave with it.

Case Knife USMC

Case Knife USMC

 

This is a picture of the knife as I was holding it in bright sunlight with the cutting edge towards the camera. As you can see, there is no shiny edge showing. If there was, then that would mean the blade was not sharp. A sharpened blade will be too thin to reflect any light.

 

 

 

Super Sharp Shop

Super Sharp Shop
Mobile AL Sharpening Service
251-583-5955

Here is a view with the blade turned to show the reprofiled edge. A nice job even if I do say so myself.

This knife should be maintained with a ceramic rod only.

If you have hunting knives, chainsaws, hatchets or axes you need sharpened, please give me a call. I guarantee satisfaction.

Terry

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Published: September 28, 2015

Knife Sharpening Mobile AL

Knife Sharpening Mobile AL
Cold Steel Gunsite Folding Tactical Knife

Last week I received a Cold Steel Gunsite Folding Tactical Knife from a customer that had received the knife as a gift. A co-worker had passed and his wife gave the knife to my customer saying that her husband had told her to give him the knife. The primary reason the knife was brought to me was that the thumb studs had been lost from the blade and the customer wanted to have them replaced. Sharpening was an afterthought.

This knife has a 5 1/2″ serrated blade with a Tanto Point. The knife is very much a tactical or work knife as fully 1/2 of the blade has an aggressive serration for sawing or rough cutting. The customer and the prior owner work in the oil fields of Texas and having such a knife is common and smart. My own past experiences have confirmed that having a knife on some types of jobsites is almost considered essential. Oilfield work is one of those jobsites.

Cold Steel Gunsite Tactical Knife Finished

Cold Steel Gunsite Tactical Knife Finished
Note addition of thumb studs, enhanced trademark etching and overall polishing of knife.

There’s not much to say about this job. I cleaned and lubricated the knife. I replaced the thumb studs, pollished  scratches out of the blade, enhanced the Gunsite Emblem, buffed the handles and sharpened the knife with a sharp but not too sharp 19 degree cutting edge. I know how this knife is going to be used and 19 degrees is ideal for cutting rope, wire and other rough work. Any sharpen and the blade would dull too quickly.

Gunsite Knife Upon Arrival

Gunsite Knife Upon Arrival

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Published: August 25, 2015

Alabama Bowie Knife Laws

Alabama Bowie Knife Laws

Bowie Knifes are illegal in Alabama and you will be fined between $50 and $500 and/or 6 months of hard labor.

 

Bowie Knives Are Illegal In AlabamaAlabama law case precedence has determined that a Bowie is a fix blade, single edge knife too big to fit in your pocket. Anything that has a front and back blade like a stiletto is legal. Balisongs and any other automatic/gravity knives are legal.

Bowies are only illegal if carried concealed so, if you carry it in the open it is OK. Carrying a Bowie concealed on your property is lawful. Precedence has stated that a 11″ butcher’s knife is classified as a Bowie Knife in Alabama. Under Alabama code, a machete might be called a Bowie Knife and therefore illegal.

Carrying a Bowie or a similar tool in your vehicle counts as carrying it concealed. Do not place a Bowie or similar tool in your trunk.

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Published: July 21, 2015