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Old 09-13-2019, 05:36 PM
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A couple of years back I bought a work sharp and have been keeping all of my knives shaving sharp. Growing up I was always taught that a sharp knife was safer than a dull one. Occasionally when I'm offshore slicing up bait on the cutting board in rougher seas I often wonder what makes more sense. Shaving sharp or a bit duller. Anyone else have a take?
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Sharp knife is a safe knife...in the hands of a responsible person.
An idiot can take his own eye out with a wooden spoon, so....yeah, keep'm sharp.
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Originally Posted by LandLocked42Long View Post
Sharp knife is a safe knife...in the hands of a responsible person.
An idiot can take his own eye out with a wooden spoon, so....yeah, keep'm sharp.
^^Agreed^^

If you can't handle your blade, even in rough seas, then don't pick up a knife.
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It seems like every time I come home from a big fishing trip (5-6 days) it takes my hands a month to recover.
Death by a thousand cuts. I’ve tried wearing fishing gloves but I still get nicked up.
I think I’ll try it your way.
Sharpen all my knives and let someone else use them.
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Give me a sharp knife any day and a kevlar glove on my left hand.
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Originally Posted by Faubs View Post
A couple of years back I bought a work sharp and have been keeping all of my knives shaving sharp. Growing up I was always taught that a sharp knife was safer than a dull one. Occasionally when I'm offshore slicing up bait on the cutting board in rougher seas I often wonder what makes more sense. Shaving sharp or a bit duller. Anyone else have a take?
For bait, sharp is great. Serrated is greater...

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KHappel is speaking much truth. Serrated Dexter was the invention of the last century......right after air conditioning. I've tried them all but to sharp a point like the Finland style knives should be left for fileting Pike in Schofotten. Best situation is to mount a plastic case, made to fit, near where you use it. I don't know how many un-sheathed knives I've seen sliding off bait tables. Vertical slots are ok but protect yourself and you crew in any conditions.
. And yes, keep them sharp. I've seen five year old kids 'spiral' pealing pineapples in foreign countries and their knives are very sharp and I've never seen them have an accident. That said, there are certain adults that should just be kept away from anything sharp or rotating machinery.
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I bought a work sharp this week. Bad ass sharpener.
When I get down to the Island I have some work to do.
Thank you for the post Faubs.
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No problem on the sharpener. Thanks for the thoughts. I picked up a glove today and will keep an eye out for a serrated dexter as well.
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Warthog. A few strokes and it will shave.

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