Best Way to Sharpen Pocket Knives

Best Way to Sharpen Pocket Knives

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In these uncertain times, you cannot go outside without the possibility of getting involved in possible conflict. According to WorldPopulationReview.com, a study showed that even though overall crime rates have declined, the numbers are still in a level that is considered high. For example, in 2016 the top two instances regarding crime in the US is Aggravated Assault and Robbery. With the population increasing year by year, it is certain that the number will increase over time. That’s why its important to have an extra layer of protection on you always, because you will never know what may happen.

 

 

Another reason could be if you’re getting into hunting or is an experienced hunter. Most people will buy a firearm for that instance, but other people might not be able to for a variety of reasons or is looking for a secondary weapon to accompany with the primary hunting weapon. That’s where pocket knives come into play. According to the American Knife and Tool Institute, 34 million hunters and anglers carry knives. With that being said, it is crucial to keep the knives at high quality regarding sharpness. The sharper the knife, the more efficient quality the knife will produce. In this article I will explain the best way to sharpen pocket knives, that will keep them looking good and producing good for an extended period.

 

Use a Whetstone.

 

A whetstone can be a wonderful way to sharpen any size of pocket knife. You don’t have to struggle to hold it in order to use effectively, just place it on a hard, dry surface and smoothly run the blade downwards on the coarse (rough) side, finishing out on the fine detailed side. This is easy for beginners to do, and it doesn’t take a lot of time especially if the knife is averagely sharp or is just looking to add an extra detail.

 

 

Keep it Clean.

 

One of the reasons why knives lose sharpness over time is by them not being cleaned properly. If you have particles or residue on the blade especially after hunting, it will stick to the surface and strip the blade of its sharpness. Another scenario could be leaving it out in the rain, or in heavy moisture area for extended periods of time, which may cause the blade to rust and corrode. To keep the knife’s sharpness, make sure you clean the blade at once after every use, and wipe it clean of water to prevent rusting.

 

 

Use a Hone Sharpener.

 

When it’s all said and done, the best way to sharpen knives is using a hone sharpener. It is the most commonly used tool and is often inexpensive depending on grit quality. One of the problems that may accrue is that the sharper will be too big to use for a pocket knife, which may lead to slippage and/or dulling the knife even more. Thankfully there are portable hull sharpeners available specifically for pocket knives, that will be more convenient and suitable for easy, safe sharpening.

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Use an Automatic Knife Sharpener.

 

This method is the easiest solution to sharpening pocket knives, especially if you’re short on time and need to sharpen your arsenal before heading out to hunt. All you need to do is lightly push the blade down and pull backward in the course slot for extra dull knives, and the fine slot for extra detail. When using an automatic knife sharpener, make sure you are using a straight knife instead of a jagged edge blade, because the rough grooves will not sharpen correctly and will damage the machine. If you do have a jagged blade, then make sure to get a sharpener that will allow you to straighten the blade, while sharpening at the same time.

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Pocket knives are an essential tool for everyday use. Whether it’s home improvement, mechanical work, hunting or self-defense, you cannot do all those things correctly with a dull knife. That’s why its important to keep your knife sharp and precise always, in which these options listed below will allow you to keep a well-toned blade that will supply impressive results. I hope that this article has helped you, if so, share it with other people who might find this information helpful. Thank you for reading and heave a blessed day!

 

Peace & Positivity.

 

How To Clean Inside Camera Lens

How To Clean Inside Camera Lens

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A camera lens can be very anxious to some photographers, especially those who are starting out. Imagine spending between $100 – $400 on a high-quality, top-notch lens for your new camera, and you leave them on a table overnight without having them covered, not knowing it takes 2.5 seconds for dust particles to attach to the glass.

Or you are in a rush to meet your client, and you cover up the lens while contently touching the glass without noticing. These small can add up over time, especially if it becomes a habit.

Most camera lenses come with covers that can be attached to prevent dust buildup, but sometimes if the glass is out in an open environment for long periods, the dust can fly inside the lens and cause your photos to look spotty and not clear. That’s why it is crucial to carry a good quality lens cleaning kit, and this article will show you how to clean the inside of your lens effectively and smoothly.

1: Purchase a high-quality lens cleaning kit.

The camera lens is costly, so it’s only right to take care of them with high-quality cleaning to preserve them as long as possible. You can use pure water and a soft towel, but it will cause streaking and corrosion over time, which will damage the lens and force you to spend another 300 dollars on a new lens.

By getting a high-quality lens cleaning kit, you will get all of the essential tools necessary to maintain your glass safely and practically, saving you lots of money over time. My favorite cleaning kit is the Altura Photo Professional Cleaning Kit. It provides all the things I need, such as microfiber cloths, alcohol and odor-free cleaner, soft micro brushes, and an air blower for less than 15 dollars.

 

 

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2) Take apart the lens carefully.

If the lens can detach, take the time to disassemble the lens by either twisting or unscrewing. Layout the lens on a microfiber cloth or a smooth wooden surface, making sure that no particles are lying around that might scratch the glass.

When dissembling, make sure you sort out each lens and screws to match the specific model/make. For example, if you’re cleaning a macro lens set and a wide-angle lens set at once, make sure the glass is separated from one another to avoid putting together the wrong lens when finished.

3 Spray the lens with the lens cleaner one at a time, and wipe gently.

Once you have all the lens spread out, take the lens cleaner and spray one time on each side of the glass. If you have debris stuck on the lens, spray another 2 times and allow it to sit for a minute.

Then take the microfiber cloth and wipe in a CIRCULAR motion. If you clean up and down, you will create streaks and possible scratching due to the constant movement in one direction.

By wiping circular, you allow the pressure to distribute all around, which will prevent streaking and possible scratches. Flip the lens over and do the same on the other side.

4) Allow the lens to air dry for 5 minutes.

After you’re done wiping, place the lens on the cloth and air-dry for approximately 5 minutes. By doing that, you will allow the moisture to evaporate completely, and is guaranteed to make your lens completely dry.

If you attach the lens to your camera base right after wiping, the humidity will combine with the heat inside the camera, which will create a foggy like substance around the glass.

That will lead to little or no focus ability, blurred scenes, and possible damage to the inner lens. If you can look through the lens without holding it close to your eye, then the glass is clean.

5) Re-attach the lens and start snapping!

Once the lens is air-dried and ready to go, re-attach the glass, twist or screw them together carefully, and make sure, you don’t touch either side of the lens. Pack up the cleaning kit and store it in a safe place away from pets and children.

Cleaning and maintaining your lens the right way will guarantee you fresh, crisp professional photos while at the same time prolonging your lenses durability. If you find this article helpful, share it with other people who might have brought their first professional camera and are looking for tips on lens management. Thank you for reading and have a blessed day!

Peace and Positivity!

Cooking Sweet Potatoes In The Oven

Cooking Sweet Potatoes In The Oven

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Sweet potatoes are one of the most beneficial vegetables in the market. It is rich in flavor and gives off a soft, comfort-food like appeal when it’s made the right way.

One of the ways people make sweet potatoes is by cutting into pieces and frying them in oil, or boiling them in water and finishing them off in the oven.

Maybe you’re trying to eat healthier, avoid fried foods, or look for a way to make sweet potatoes without the hassle of prepping and switching from stove to oven.

This article will explain four different methods of cooking sweet potatoes in the oven, that will significantly benefit health, convenience, and time while retaining its great flavor.


Baking Sweet Potatoes

Baking sweet potatoes whole is one of the easiest, yet most tasteful ways of cooking them oven-wise. It gives off a firm, flaky texture followed by crispy outer skin. Depending on the size of the potato, cooking time will average between 50 – 55 minutes.

Directions:

  • Place the whole washed potatoes on a non-stick baking sheet, poking small holes into the potato in decrease cooking time.
  • Wrap around in aluminum foil to prevent the outer skin from burning.
  • Bake for 50-55 minutes at 400 degrees, checking halfway for any burns or need to flip the potato.
  • Stick a chopstick in the center of the potato. If it goes in smoothly and comes out with its contents stuck on the stick, it is done.

Broiling Sweet Potatoes

Broiling sweet potatoes can be a great alternative to grilling, it gives off a very charred flavor, making the outer side crispy and the middle soft and tender. Cooking time is approximately 15-20 minutes depending on the type of appliance.

Directions:

  • Place sliced, washed sweet potatoes in a bowl and toss with a small amount of oil.
  • Place on a non-stick baking sheet and place under the broiler (at medium setting if possible) for 15 minutes
  • Take the sheet out and flip potatoes and cook for another 8-10 minutes.
  • Add salt and leave for a few minutes to cool off.

Boiling Sweet Potatoes

Boiling sweet potatoes in the oven can be a great way to cook them in a fast and secure manner while keeping their texture into place. Cooking time is approximately 30-35 minutes.

Directions:

  • Place cut potatoes in a baking pan filled ¾ of the way with water, salt and cinnamon if desired.
  • Cover top with aluminum foil ¾ of the way.
  • Place in the oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
  • Remove lid and place back in the oven for another 15 minutes or until the water evaporates.
  • Let it cool for 5 minutes and enjoy!

Roasting Sweet Potatoes

Roasting sweet potatoes is the overall best way of cooking sweet potatoes. It is golden brown with a crispy outer side, followed by a soft tender middle that gives off its intense sweet potato flavor. Cooking time is approximately 30-35 minutes, depending on size.

Directions:

  • Place cut potatoes in a bowl and toss with salt and oil.
  • Place on a baking tray and into the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes
  • Take out and stir/flip the potatoes.
  • Place back in the oven and cook for another 15 minutes until the outer side is golden brown.
  • Insert fork. If it slides in easily, the potatoes are done.
  • Let it rest for 5 minutes and enjoy!

 

 

 

These four methods will turn your sweet potatoes into a beautiful dish, whether it’s a side dish or an entrée, it will leave them tasting great as ever. It’s essential to check on them halfway through cooking to make sure they don’t overburn due to its sweetness. Baking sweet potatoes is a much healthier and more fabulous option compared to frying. I hope this article has helped you come up with different methods of cooking sweet potatoes. Share this article with your friends and family that like sweet potatoes as well. Thank you for reading and have a blessed day!

Peace & Positivity.

How To Clean A Vacuum

How To Clean A Vacuum

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So you begin to start vacuuming your place, and you realize it hasn’t been performing up to its reasonable standard. It doesn’t pick up natural debris, it runs loud and cranky, and it’s a mess every time you empty the tank/bag. Those situations can lead to possible motor damage, clogged vacuum pipes, and overall a lousy quality vacuum.

Instead of going to store to buy a whole new one, or spending money on a maintenance specialist to fix it, you can handle the problem by performing a deep clean of the vacuum itself. By doing these following steps, your cleaner will come out refreshed and ready to execute at a high-quality level again. Here are six easy steps on cleaning your vacuum from inside out, and bringing life back into your cleaner.


DISASSEMBLE EVERY PART.

Take the vacuum and lay it on a flat surface such as the floor or a sturdy table, making sure the bottom side is facing out for easy access. Once positioned, look for the parts that are described in your owner’s manual and look for the parts that will contain dirt and lint. You will need a screwdriver to disassemble the components. Most vacuums include Phillips head screws, so taking apart pieces will not be a big hassle.

Be careful when taking apart the bottom of the cleaner; however, dust particles will fly towards you when quickly removing them. To make the job easier when re-applying, make labels of the part names and put each screw to it on the label, so when it’s time to re-install, you will save the hassle of looking for the right screw.



Most Common Vacuum Parts
Dirt Tank
Air Filter
Access Plate
Rotating Brush Roll
Lower Hose
Long Hose Assembly
Drive Belt

SHAKE OFF/THROW AWAY EXCESS DIRT BUILDUP.

When you have all of the parts disassembled and separated, take a trash can and put it near the edge of the table to prevent spillage on the floor. Take the dirt tank and dispose of any waste that’s inside, putting it off to the side.

If you have any other parts that contain massive dirt buildup, hold them close to the trash can and gently remove the debris with your fingers, or lightly tap it against the trash can to shake off the buildup. Doing this will prevent a massive mess from being made when it’s time to wash them.

MAKE A SOAP/WATER SOLUTION.

When all the parts are clear of backed up debris, then it’s time to deep clean them. Take a large bucket/container (or bathtub if necessary) and fill it up with warm water and dish soap only. Using other cleaners will possibly corrode and damage the parts, so take precautions.

Drop the pieces into the water solution and let it soak for up to 5 minutes, followed by using a sponge or brush to remove any dirt that’s in hard to reach places. The easiest way, however, is just by shaking the parts while in the water, the water itself will help get in those places that are difficult to clean.

DRY OFF THE PARTS THOROUGHLY.

After you have cleaned the parts, take a towel, and thoroughly wipe them until no water is still dripping off. If you cleaned the air filter, squeeze the sponge tightly to remove the water, then take the towel and press it with the filter sponge wrapped in it. After you dried the parts, lay each of them in an open space like a dining room table, and let it air dry for 5 minutes.

It’s essential to make sure they are dehydrated because when you re-attach them while they’re still wet, the water will fly off and possibly go into the motor and will cause internal damage, breaking the vacuum. It’s also possible to get electrocuted depending on the model and make, so it’s essential to dry them off completely.

PUT THE PARTS BACK INTO PLACE.

After you have let the parts sit out, take the vacuum base, and put the pieces back into its assigned compartment. This part of the process is where the labels come into play. The last thing you have unattached will be the first thing you attach, and so on.

Be careful when applying the driver belts, as it will possibly break if forced into place. Check for any strange noises by turning on the power switch and plugging it into the wall. If you hear any sounds double-check the pieces to see if they are correctly installed.

START VACUUMING!

Once finished installing the vacuum, put it to the test! Once you start vacuuming, you will see how much smoother and more efficient it will perform. It will pick up more dirt with ease, allow air to flow through the pipes more freely, and will prevent dust from flying out when you first power it on.

This cleaning method will prevent you from buying a new vacuum and will leave you feeling productive, knowing you have done a task that has produced excellent results. I hope this article has inspired you to start thinking about going deep into your vacuum cleaner and making yourself become the vacuum! Thank you for reading and share this article with your friends and family.

Peace & Positivity.

How To Make Mornings Better

How To Make Mornings Better

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When we wake up in the morning, we often have the feeling of not wanting to get out of bed. Instead we lay there and stare at our fully charged iPhone or Galaxy, scrolling across the negative content that is first presented to us to start the day. Then once we finally get up, it only gives us less then 10 minutes to prepare ourselves and boom, we’re out the door. That combined with the daily double shot espresso from Starbucks, we are setting the tone for a long, dreadful, stress-filled day that we are accustomed to. That has been me ever since my junior year in high school. I have noticed that the more I lay in bed, the more tired I feel throughout the day. So, I came up with solutions that will somehow make my mornings better, and will give me positive energy needed to function through the day heading into the night. These solutions have worked for me the past few months, and I’m willing to share them with you so you can have a more bright and productive morning!

1: Go to sleep 1-2 hours earlier than normal.

When I lay in my bed at night, I consider that my “free time”. That’s when I would either watch a show that I’ve been binge watching, or spend hours scrolling across social media until I eventually pass out to sleep with my phone still in my hands. Instead of wasting what could’ve been precious sleep hours, when you first lay down shut your phone off or put it in airplane mode and turn on some calm relaxing music to make you drift off to sleep faster. If you also want to you can take some melatonin to make you become more tired, you can check out my most favorite and efficient melatonin supplement here. Not only will you gain more hours of quality sleep, when you wake up in the morning you will feel more refreshed, and ready to start your day.

2: Listen to a podcast/interview.

Instead of spending your morning routine on Facebook and twitter getting mostly negative information, try looking up podcasts on your favorite topics and listen to them while getting yourself ready for the day. Not only will it save you time, but you will get positive information that will motivate you to become more productive and willing to achieve your daily tasks. A few of my favorite podcasts I listen to every morning is “Knowledge for Men” by Andrew Ferebee, and Oshay Duke Jackson on YouTube. I realized that getting motivational positive information will not only make me become more productive, but it gives me a bright feeling knowing I’m getting such powerful knowledge that can make my life better in every aspect.

3: Take a short walk outside before work.

If you have free time by following the past 2 tasks, use that time to spend at least 15 minutes taking a short walk or jog around the block while listening to your favorite music or podcast. By doing that you will feel more active and refreshed, and it’s good to get in the fresh morning dew breeze. It is even better if you have a pet, because you’ll be spending quality time with him/her while also getting a good 15 minutes of exercise, it’s a win-win situation.

4: Never skip breakfast.

When we are short on time, we usually head to Starbucks or caribou on our way to work and grab the sugar packed latte along with a grease filled frozen sausage egg and cheese sandwich. However, if you’re able to save time, you can substitute the fast food by making a nice bowl of oatmeal or healthy cereal, or even making a nice fruit and yogurt smoothie if you have a blender. It will give you the necessary nutrients needed to function throughout the day, and you will feel better than drowning in caffeine every morning.

5: Meditate.

Meditation is the number one key to having a more calm, relaxed mindset. The best part about meditation is that it can be whatever you consider it to be, such as taking a 30-minute shower, sitting outside on the porch listening to the birds, reading the Bible and prayer, yoga, listening to music, whatever you consider peaceful. It will stimulate your mind to become more positive spirited, and you will head out the door with a happy feeling ready to take on life’s tasks. Me personally I consider Meditation to be the most important task in having a great morning.

 

 

 

In conclusion, we are all human. We have emotions and we have moments when we just don’t want to do anything but sleep all day long. But by following these 5 tasks you will be able to contain those emotions and become more positively charged for the day. It doesn’t have to be every single day but spending 5 out of the 7 mornings doing these 5 tasks will benefit you in the long run, and you will notice it sooner than you think. I hope these points have benefited you, feel free to leave a comment if it has worked out for you, or if you have done something different that has benefited your mornings!

Peace & Positivity.