In this video I demonstrate how I sharpen a knife for Bushcraft when out in the field. I believe that being able to sharpen your knife in an environment where you're most likely to be using your knife is an important technique, more so even than being able to sharpen it at home. I've maintained my knives in this way for the last 15 years, with the occasional fine tuning at home on the water-stones. I note in the video that there is a reason for selecting a stick which is thinner that the stone, but then promptly forgot to mention why... The reason here is that by having the stick slightly thinner there is no wood in the way of the knife handle when you're sharpening the nearest section of the blade to the handle. A minor point, but one I wanted to make.
There will shortly be an accompanying article on the Journeyman Handcrafts Blog, I’ll post a link here once that article is live.
I’d love to know what you, whether that is useful, and if you have a different method so feel free to leave a comment below.
All the best