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SHTF knife sharpening inquiry?
OK, it has hit the fan and it will be an extended adventure meaning ya might not make it back home!

Scenario is I have an 01 carbon steel Skookum Bush Tool and a D-2 steel Dozier. Pretend they are both convex grinds as I intend on that grind for both knives.

The carbon steel is easier to sharpen, but the D-2 steel holds an edge much longer! If ya could only take one knife, which would it be?

The blade lengths and blade thicknesses are similar but the SBT is thicker. the Dozier has the longer blade. The Dozier is the "Guide" model.

I can tell ya right now with no experience with the Dozier except holding it in my hand, And just a little  cutting with the SBT on hard cedar limbs. That Dozier and me are falling in love! It just feels so right!

My question is not really about the knife, but would you choose a carbon steel knife over a D-2 steel knife for SHTF?
Message of Insight and Unity 

We go into the wilderness to fulfill our hearts and empty our minds of life's garbage.
The gear we leave behind and the challenges we encounter, 
Are methods we use to cleanse our spirits.
Of Survivalists and Bushcrafters, Primitive Technologists too, we are one.........

It is the wilderness within, we strive for first and always.
Not everyone can have a cabin in the mountains.
The thread that connects us, is fine like silk and strong as steel.
Together, the song of the wilderness is the song we sing!

"And can I say something else?"
Bushcrafting is "doing what you want to do." 
Survival is "doing what you have to do"
Primitive Technology is about all of the above........

By TNRR aka "Survival Sully"
I'd go with the carbon steel. If we are specifically talking about a small knife not intended for heavy use and maybe abuse, especially since I advocate multiple knives rather than one "do everything" knife, then it won't matter as much. From what I've read about D2 it is only semi-stainless and needs almost as much care as carbon steel and is more fragile than carbon, and the real advantage of D2 is edge-holding. I'd choose good edge-holding with ease of sharpening over excellent edge-holding with difficult sharpening.

Realistically both are small knives and carrying both won't be a big deal.
"Why should I trade one tyrant 3,000 miles away for 3,000 tyrants one mile away. An elected legislature can trample a man's rights as easily as the king can." Benjamin Martin, The Patriot

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