Whenever out and about in the backcountry, one’s blade often encounters its fair share of wear and tear. Because one’s blade is their most important resource in the bush, keeping it in good condition is of paramount importance. Whether chipping your edge on an errant swing or rolling it on a tough knot, stuff happens.
In the event of significant damage to an edge, one should always correct the issue as soon as possible. If not, the problem will only compound itself further. Considering the importance of pack weight and mobility, a backcountry stone should be both lightweight and maneuverable. For this reason I always carry a Fallkniven DC3
Keep in mind this is not a fine grit stone. Do not expect it to put a hair-popping edge on your blade. That being said, with sufficient care it will deliver shaving sharp results. I find this stone most at home repairing damage or renewing a significantly out of shape edge. However, combined with the right ingredients you can create a beautiful edge with it. With the addition of an extremely fine grit medium to the surface of the stone, one can mimic the effects of a high-end bench stone. I like to keep some slurry from my #6000 bench stone on hand with the DC3. Using these two together can finely hone any edge back to perfection in no time.
Unfortunately, there have been many reports of quality control issues with this product. That has not been the case with me, and I have still read many positive reviews. Leads me to wonder if some held expectations too high, misused, or abused the product to reach such an opinion.
- Dimensions: 3 by 1 inches
- Weight: 1.6 ounces
- Grit (ceramic): about #2000
- Grit (diamond): extremely aggressive