The Washboard! Intuitive and comprehensive freehand sharpening system for cutlery and edged tools.
Wear & Repair
This is what a month and a half of daily use can make your edge look like at 1000x - throw in a camping trip to boot, and you've got one worn out puppy. Yes, this is what a beat up edge looks like under magnification, part of the edge is actually broken off, though to the naked eye just looks a little dull.
And after a few minutes on a Washboard, images taken at 400x and 1000x respectively (red blob in first image is a single spec of 5 micron copy toner - smaller than a single blood cell). Totally restored using nothing but the honing compound and a sheet of paper. Normally I would have used some sandpaper first to be more thorough, but wanted to demonstrate just how robust the Washboard can be. There are many sharpening products on the market competing for your money, few if any can boast the versatility, effectiveness, and simplicity of the Washboard.