My first ground slate knife. This is something I’ve been wanting to try for a while and I was very pleased with the results. I actually started out with a much bigger knife, but got a bit too aggressive rubbing it against a stone and kept having sections flake out on me. The knife shrunk as I tried to smooth things out and chase the edge down, but I eventually ended up with a passable little cutter.
It’s actually sharper than some of the knives in my kitchen and diced up an onion with ease. I assumed that this material would only be good for cutting fish, vegetation, or maybe skinning, but just for fun I tried carving on a few sticks and found that it held up and could potentially be useful on soft woods. I don’t think pretty feather sticks are likely, but I do want to do some more testing with it and see if I can get some decent shavings before inevitably breaking it by trying to split wood.
Grinding slate like this by hand is very tedious. A little arrowhead might take a half hour or more, but I spent well over four hours hunched over shaping and sharpening this piece. For practical purposes I would likely be better off just smashing slate and using the resulting naturally sharp edges and replacing them as they dull, but this was a fun project and ended up being quite a bit more functional than I expected.
The comparison with the Izula II from @eseeknives knives seemed apt, both for size, and a reminder that there is always room to bring a real knife.
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