Not really OT -- Sharpening a knife blade while not at home


Recently while I was traveling in a foreign country (Italy if it matters), I had occasion to need to make the 1-1/2" knife blade on my pocket knife as sharp as possible -- ideally "scalpel sharp". It's night-time (about 10 pm local time) in an urban area and we're heading back to our lodging. There are no nearby open stores. [Note: there was an open pharmacy but it's just that -- they don't carry razor blades there].
I finally decided to use a stone, brick, concrete, or similar surface as a sharpening stone -- and I didn't have any facility for either flattening whatever I choose or even measuring flatness except by eye or feel. I finally found a small area on the corner of a stone building that felt smooth and flat enough and I used some available moisture to perform a honing operation until the blade felt smooth and sharp enough -- measured totally qualitatively by running it across the surface of my thumb-nail.
We went back to the lodging, boiled water which we used to "sterilize" the blade and performed our makeshift surgery fairly successfully -- the blade was, in fact, sharp enough that there was no pain when used to create a 1/2" long, ~1/8" deep incision into a section of calloused skin and the underlying healthy tissue.
Enough of the medical saga and onto the real question: Are there any suggestions for sharpening a blade under these conditions that would have been either easier or better than what I did?
TIA Norm
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On 11/25/05 10:07 AM, in article kFGhf.91172$ snipped-for-privacy@bgtnsc05-news.ops.worldnet.att.net, "Norm Dresner"

Sharpen the blade at home before you leave on the trip? Then be sure to put the knife in your checked baggage, of course. Sounds like you did a pretty good job.
On a side note, a good friend and fellow modeler is a Captain with Delta, who used to fly with a full toolbox to work on things in his hotel room at night. He's now not allowed to fly with the dangerous #11 Xatco blades, etc.
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wrote:

Fortunately the blade was reasonably sharp before we left on the trip and I had no expectation of ever needing to do that sort of thing by myself or I would have at least packed a single-edge razor blade or two into the checked luggage.
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"Norm Dresner" wrote in message

If that's the case, the first thing that comes to mind is using a leather belt as a razor strop ... that was the way we touched up our pocket knives to skin all those rabbits and squirrels as a kid. It's worked for a multitude of barbers to this day.
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"Norm Dresner" wrote: (clip) Are there any suggestions for sharpening a blade under these conditions that would have been either easier or better than what I did? ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Possibly finding another building with an even smoother stone to finish up. ;-) Actually, you might have been able to improve things slightly by stropping the blade on a leather belt or shoe. Or stroking it on the side of a glass tumbler.
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And remember not to skip a grit! :-)
Now where did I put that 220 building......
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The bottom rim of many ceramic things - coffee cups come to mind, are similar to ceramic crock sticks. A stroke or two on the inside rim of a glass and a honing stroke on a belt of leather boot top should get you "operating".
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Inside of a toilet tank? Or the cover?
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Norm Dresner wrote:

I often use the top edge of a car window to touch up my knives . The milled edge makes an *excellent* finish hone ...
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wrote:

The unglazed bottom ring of a porceline coffee cup is one of my old standbys
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Works best if you mount the knife on linear bearings...
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I have a sandstone (figured naturally) water catcher to put my cups on - shop and house. I sharpen and clean the bottoms of the cups that way for the medium work and then to the ceramic rods. Those are only in the shop.
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