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Knife as defense against stray dogs

It can be used for sure, but there are better options. A knife would require you to be very close to the dog, whilst a stick or pepper spray would provide much greater distance between you and the ...
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Knife as defense against stray dogs

Your primary objective when defending yourself against stray dogs is not to kill the dog, but to avoid getting bitten make the dog leave you alone If you fight a dog with a knife, even if you manage ...
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How to test the sharpness of a knife?

Try to slice a piece of paper. A good sharp knife makes a clean cut. A dull knife makes either a ragged cut, or worse, just pushes the paper to the side. I like this article: https://www....
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How to test the sharpness of a knife?

The back of a fingernail can be a good rough indicator while you're sharpening - see if it "catches" when you apply very gentle pressure at ~45 degree angle. This can also be a good way to check if ...
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Knife as defense against stray dogs

Knife is not a good idea. It does not give an understandable warning to an animal. When it comes to a warning, they more likely understand a stick-shaped thing. So for carrying, light telescopic baton ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of a paracord knife handle?

Upsides It "looks cool" (to some) Cordage (but arguably useless as you have noted) Downsides Poor grip (compared to leather and manufactured alternatives) More likely to cause blisters Less ...
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How to clean and refurbish a Victorinox Swiss Army Knife?

When mine gets too bad I use WD40 to free it up, then clean with soapy water and a brush. Mine also goes through the dishwasher sometimes, with the blades partially open. If it gets gummed up with ...
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What is this sharp, curved notch on my knife for?

It's a line cutter, the idea is that you use it to cut lines, string etc. The reason that it's curved is to keep the line from slipping off the blade, using the rest of the blade would be quite ...
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How to test the sharpness of a knife?

The best method in my opinion is one that must be learned, and involves moving your thumb across the blade, perpendicular to the blade not down it! It's very difficult to describe the feeling but if ...
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How to test the sharpness of a knife?

Generally I categorize sharpness into 3 levels: The tomato test - being able to slice through a tomato skin. Not use the pointy end to break the skin and then slice but directly slice the skin all ...
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How to clean and refurbish a Victorinox Swiss Army Knife?

The producer offers a page of care instructions on their website (here) (PDF). The gist is: don't use a dishwasher, that might be too aggressive open and close the blade multiple times in warm water ...
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How to test the sharpness of a knife?

Slice a tomato with very little pressure. This is almost always when I notice a knife needs sharpening, and the difference is profound. Edit: I should have added ripe tomato; a sharp knife will slice ...
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Use of the V notch

Think of felling a tree with a hatchet or axe. The V-shaped 'incision' is a (rather rough) oversized V-notch. On this picture, the notches on the lower side of the logs are v-notches; an illustration ...
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Knife as defense against stray dogs

From personal experience with packs of stray dogs, especially coyotes, and also having some strange experience, carry a walking cane or staff (if you can). Dogs, while attacking as a pack, or ...
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Can oiling keep tools from rusting?

Ordinary vegetable oils of the type used for cooking will work but are not ideal. Over time they will gradually oxidise and may be colonised by bacteria, both of which can cause them to become acidic ...
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What type of knife should I carry while rock climbing?

The existing answers to this question are focused on very specific knives that are favored. I will try to give more of a general approach and philosophy. As with all outdoor equipment and techniques, ...
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How can I disassemble a multi-tool with no screws on it?

The tool pictured is riveted together with solid rivets. It is not designed to be repaired, as mentioned in a comment, if it is not working correctly it should be disposed of and replaced. It is ...
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Hunting bears with a knife?

Unless you sever the spinal column near the top of the body there is no body injury that can be done with a knife that is going to result in instant death/disablement of any animal. Any injury that ...
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Restore knife to factory sharp condition

Take it to a knife smith. They have specialized equipment, experience, and knowledge. They'll be able to put an appropriate grind back on it and address any other issues.
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How to sharpen the line cutter/gut hook on a knife?

You need to use a sharpening rod. Example: AC134 Smith's Pocket Pal Multi-Function Knife Sharpener. The rod just slides in the groove and sharpens it. Here is another sample:AS028C AccuSharp 4-in-...
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Restore knife to factory sharp condition

The next time a Gun & Knife show or an Outdoor Gear show comes to your area, take the knife. Visit a vendor who is selling knife sharpeners and giving demonstrations. Use the line, Your ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of a paracord knife handle?

As a knife maker I'm not overly fond of paracord wrapped handles. That said I've done a few and they have there place. I do impregnate the wrap with epoxy, both for durability and for moister ...
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Knife as defense against stray dogs

Some places I travel to have stray dogs in the city. Can a knife be used effectively if attacked by one or more of them? I've had creepy close encounters. Probably, but it's far from ideal. The ...
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How to test the sharpness of a knife?

Cheap, disposable sponges. Unlike paper, they can be tested on while wet, which is a big advantage when sharpening with waterstones. Don't use the scrubby side (some people like using it as a ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of a paracord knife handle?

I think it can be a matter of personal taste, however: Some people craft their own knifes, and using a paracord wrap as handle is easy to do, and easy to redo. There are some more and some less good ...
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How to transport diving knives / shears?

It really depends on locations so if you are traveling make a point to check. Your local club should be able to give you all the info for your area and abroad if they organize group dives in other ...
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How to transport diving knives / shears?

very simple answer: On a plane, always check them into the hold; Everywhere else, keep them in your dive bag until you need to strap it on before diving, after the dive take it off and place back ...
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What is this tool on a Swiss Army knife for?

As a reamer, it is for drilling small holes in wood. As an awl, it is for sewing thick material, such as leather, together. Here are YouTube videos on how to sew with the awl-with-thread-hole tool: ...
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How do I clean my knife sharpener?

According to the owners manual here, it says to Always clean your sharpener after use. Clean with damp cloth or mild brush. Do not rinse with water. Store in a drawer or cabinet. Since you ...
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