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Cor NepgenI think we need a video illustrating the advantages of the tactical beard vs the back and bum fluff... Hey Nathan? hahaha This thing is the best I've read in a long time!
This thread got my interest up I have to admit, might just look further into this shaving thing.. (at the moment I just trim it once week and mow it over at a number 2 clipper every 2 weeks).
I think in very simple terms the sharpness is about geometry. So the thinner the blade the better it cuts. Hence your explanation of lying the blade almost flat. Then you need a steel that will support such a thin profile and would easily sharpen to a mirror finish. Add a couple of passes on a strop and happy days.
Hunting knives are a bit different because you expect the blade to retain its edge (not roll over, chip etc) while performing much rougher tasks. So the sharpening angle changes and your looking for a steel that would be harder and more aggressive in cutting.
Really interesting stuff and I am only starting to read up more, still loads and loads to learn. But its interesting and one should always have fun things to learn!
Thanks for the thread, have a good one!