Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
metrojoe

Knife Sharpening

Recommended Posts

I've got a couple fillet knives that need some work. One was dropped and the tip was damaged and the other was put into an old electric sharpener. I'd guess it would cost me $40 to $60 bucks to replace them.

Is it worth it to have them fixed?

Also, where would I take them?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest   
Guest

For less than $40 you can pick up one of those sharpening kits from the likes of cabelas. They are the ones that have the metal rods as guides so your angle is always correct. I got one before X-mas and love it, the only problem is when your buddies see what a nice edge it puts on they want you to do their knives too!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest   
Guest

Most sharpening businesses (lawnmower blades, etc.) do knives very inexpensively. Like, $2 or $3.
Also, check the web sites of the sharpener kit makers and go to a demo. The Lansky guys were at Gander last month. doing free sharpenings.

------------------
<)/////><{
RobertC

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The Lansky system is great for getting and keeping good edges on knives. Gander and Fleet have them, and they are usually in the 20 to 30 dollar range.

If you have a knife that is too far gone, have a pro get it back in shape, and then stay on top of it with the Lansky.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Have a professional sharpener put the proper edge back on both knives. Then just buy the red Normark plastic/ceramic sharpeners sold all over for a few bucks.

I just drag the fillet knife across these sharpeners after EACH fish cleaning session, and my knives remain as razor sharp as the day I bought them.

One hint: A wet knife and wet ceramic works better. I just run both under the faucet before sharpening.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the info guys,

I ended up bringing them into a professional, because they were both in rough shape. He only charged me 2 bucks a knife. "Now their scary sharp" He was shaving his arm hairs off with them. Which reminds me, I better wash them.

I like the look of the Lansky system but how do you sharpen a 6 or 7 inch fillet knife blade?. It seems like it would be hard to keep a consistant edge with such a flexable blade.

[This message has been edited by metrojoe (edited 01-25-2003).]

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The Lansky works just fine on fillet knives. It may take a bit longer as you can't use as much pressure on the stone. If you first have a good edge on the knife, and then stay on top of it with the Lansky, it is easy to keep them in great shape.

I also have that plastic handled Edgemaster system, and that works ok too. Now I maintain the sharpness with the Lansky, and touch up with the final Edgemaster when cleaning fish. Every couple of fish (especially perch)I draw the blade through the yellow edgemaster tool. That straightens out the edges, and keeps you nice and sharp.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I don't have anything fancy just a stone and an old butchers steel. I use the stone to get the edges tapered back a little, then I use the steel to sharpen the knife about every 3 or 4 fish. The trick is to never let them get too dull, it sucks to try and bring them back.

And yes I can shave with my old Rapala filet knife, that thing has to 25 years old, the leather case has kinda rotted away but the knife works great.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

upnorth:

I also have an ancient Rapala fillet knife, a 7-inch blade. I've refinished the wooden handle twice because the finish has flaked away, and the blade remains sharp as can be.

No knife will stay sharp unless you keep it that way, and folks who say never let it get dull are 100% right.

There are a lot of systems, and the little cheap Normark hand sharpener I mentioned earlier will work perfectly as a maintenance sharpener if you use it often enough so the blade doesn't get dull. If you let it get dull (I sharpen after every cleaning session, more than once per session if there are a lot of fish), you need a different system to bring it back.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I also use the cheap normark sharpener that came with my fillet knife and it works great. I use it before and after each time I clean fish and its still has a real nice edge. I also found that it works best when used under running water. As for the knives being fixed I would try to get them fixed if they cost that much. ><>
deadeye

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest   
Guest

"jewelstik" is a 3sided diamond stick that works great!
bought mine at cabelas think it was about $40.oo

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • We had a tire blow out a few weeks ago while heading to Zumbro Falls so I just put 4 new tires on the camper last week. Decided to go with the new Goodyear Endurance tires. I also packed all the bearings while I had the wheels off.  
    • Has anyone tried using a picnic basket? 
    • Last nites work. 13 qts stewed tomatoes, 5 pints juice and 15 pints salsa!
    • I'll second that!! Gotta get some more cob cawn today myself....
    • From the  picture it is a male yellow headed blackbird; IMO there is even a faint white bar on the wings which may be what you describe as "the ring on its back" and the black smudge under and behind the eye.  I can't tell about the bill, but on a cowbird the bill is quite heavy;  not nearly so stout on the YH blackbird. Immature male yellow headed black birds are not so bright yellow as the adults, and there should definitely be some young of the year fledged by this time of the year.   If the picture is not accurate then we will need a better photo to do better than that.  IMO This picture does not show a brown headed cowbird.  Most cell phones will take a better picture and if it is tame enough please post another or even better a couple more.  The more different poses the better. Yellow headed blackbirds are almost invariably connected to swampy areas, especially those with cattail fringes.  They also tend to be around in groups, especially groups nesting in the same swamp not mixed in with red winged black birds.   The females of both species are quite drab, and quite distinct from those of the cowbirds.
    • I do live by a river and have lots of RWBB, maybe it will yellow up. That's a very distinct rusty brown ring on it's back though, I didn't see that in any of the YHBB pictures.
    • This furnace has 2 pipes. The larger pipe about 4" is the air intake is supported through ring #29. The smaller pipe inside the larger pipe about 2" is the furnace exhaust connected through the larger ring #30 and screwed to the raised portion of ring #29. My furnace a vintage Hydro Flame Convection with dual direct vent, needed no power, and used a pilot light. Had the identical 2 pipe direct vent as yours. I built 2 rings similar to your drawing. Had 2 major issues: 1. Anytime the wind exceeded 20 mph, my pilot light would blow out even when the furnace side of my house was parked to the leeward side due to wind eddies.  2. At the exhaust cap which was about 1 3/4" from the side of the house would scorch the side surface above the cap and the moisture from burning Propane (1/2 pt. per 10#) would freeze on and below the exhaust when temp went -10 or below. Second year I re-designed using the Pipe Cap photo 1 from Menards for under $10. I cut off the bottom half at the black line and cut a hole on the outside flat surface for the exhaust pipe. This was my fresh air intake. Also filled the inside of the cap with a disassembled expanded metal filter from a motor home stove top exhaust filter.  Photo 1   Secured it to my house and ran the exhaust pipe through the hole in the end. Attached the exhaust pipe to a 2" x 3" aluminum gutter down spout used as a chimney. Photos 2 and 3. Totally solved my issues. You may also find a similar cap to photo 1 for the exhaust instead of the pipe. Most of the caps I was able to find had a 4" connection point so you would need to modify to 2" or whatever size you exhaust pipe is. How ever you do it, cover all openings with a screen to keep the Mud-daubers out as they love burned propane orifice area to build there nest.  Photo 2 & 3
    • sure looks like YHBB.  open fields and swamps close by? They like to hang out where the RWBB do.  Cannon SX30IS is pretty cheap online. 35 power zoom. good for still shots.   
    • Going to bait tomorrow with fryer grease, bread, dog food, cherry frosting, peanut butter, soft candies, raw white sugar, and popcorn. I am throwing everything at them tomorrow, hopefully the bears like the variety!
  • Our Sponsors