10 Everyday Objects You Can Use To Sharpen a Surival Knife

10 Everyday Objects You Can Use To Sharpen a Surival Knife

Survival knives are a must-have for any outdoor enthusiast. They can be used for many different tasks, including hunting and building shelter. However, if your survival knife is getting dull, it will not perform well in these activities. This blog post discusses ten everyday objects that you can use to sharpen your survival knife! While not all of these items will sharpen a knife in the truest sense, some can hone or strop the edge. This is likely to improve its sharpness, but it isn't what experts would refer to as 'sharpen.' Here are the ten everyday objects you could use:

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Leather Belt

You may not think about it, but the belt you're wearing right now is a quick and easy item to use for stropping. You might be surprised at just how effective this simple tool can be! The belt should have no stitching. Run your knife away from the cutting edge while holding onto it with your other hand. This will realign any blades that are out of place or misaligned due to usage over time or misuse. Strops shouldn't really 'sharpen' Survival knives. Instead, they make their edges keener by realigning blade-edges that, as mentioned earlier, will become warped during regular use/misuse throughout various applications.



Sandpaper is a great household item that can be utilized to sharpen knives. First off, you want to have an idea of what type of knife the sandpaper will be used on and then consider how much sharpening needs to be done for it not to be dull anymore. The best grit size depends on both these factors. But generally, start with a coarser grit before moving onto finer ones to achieve maximum sharpness without cutting yourself while using it.


Nail File

Nail files are great to use for sharpening knives because they're small and very easy to maneuver. You can carry a nail file with you anywhere, which makes it perfect as an emergency tool when traveling or in situations where your survival knife has become dull while outdoors. Start with the most coarse side first before moving on to finer ones until you've achieved maximum sharpness without cutting yourself in the process of using them.


Nylon Strap

Stropping is a great way to take your blade from sharp to sharper. This process involves stroking the knife against an object such as a nylon strap, not away from it like you would for honing or back and forth towards it when using steel. You can use anything that's firmer than leather but much softer than stone - something like the straps on a backpack will be more than enough! Stroke lightly up and down about five times, then wipe off any metal dust with a clean cloth before cutting again.

Straps are great when it comes to sharpening knives because they're easy and convenient. You can even use them at home or anywhere outdoors, making them perfect for emergency and everyday situations whenever you need your knife's blades realigned to achieve maximum sharpness without cutting yourself while using this strap in the process of using it.



Cardboard is a good household material that can be used to sharpen knives. All you have to do with this one is cut two or three pieces of cardboard into square shapes and lay them down on top of each other, just like how they would sit in the box if it were still intact. Next, take your knife blade and run it back and forth along the edges and across all four sides until its blades are sharp again without cutting yourself during the process.


Car Window

With the rough, rounded edge of a car window, you can hone your knives 8 to 10 times on both sides. Car window glass is a good item to use when it comes to sharpening knives. You can do this by placing your knife blade up against the side of an open car door so that you're looking directly at its metal edge. Next, pull the blade backward with gentle pressure while maintaining contact until you've pulled back for about 12 inches or 30 centimeters without cutting yourself in the process.


Spine of Another Knife

Sharpen the other knife on its own spine. You can take two knives and sharpen them back to back by placing a blade of one against the spine of another so that their sharpness is equalized between both blades when they're used together. This will ensure you don't cut yourself while using your survival knife in an emergency situation where it's become dull over time without realigning its blade-edges before putting it into action again!

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Smooth Stone

A smooth stone is a good household item you can use to sharpen knives. All you have to do with this is find yourself an actual stone (like quartz or even simple sandstone). Run your knife blade over its surface gently without putting much pressure on it so that it's able to realign itself by moving back and forth across the entire length of the edge until every part of it has been sharpened again.

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When it comes to survival, your knife is the most essential tool you can possess. It can help you hunt for food, gather plants, construct a shelter, or defend yourself from attackers. It is natural for the sharpness of a knife to diminish with frequent use, exposure to acidic fruits and vegetables, and exposure to extreme or high temperatures. In a dire situation, you may have nothing but your knife and objects around you. There are plenty of ways to sharpen it back into action without cutting yourself while doing so! Visit ApeSurvival.com to learn more about knife features and other survival tools. You can also shop for different styles and shapes of high-quality and durable survival pocket knives, such as the ones that are foldable or fixed blade knife. Enjoy free shipping on all orders over $50!

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