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A convex edge is slightly rounded (hence the name convex) as it tapers off to the finest point of the cutting edge along the blade. The convex edge is considered superior compared to other edge grind types due to longer lasting durability and less drag when cutting. Most other edge grind types have a tapering straight line, or concave, instead of the convex smooth transition lines.

The smooth transition line on the convex edge creates a gradual build of steel behind the cutting edge as you move up the bevel. That graduation of steel is what provides more durability. Because other edge grind types do not have the smooth transition lines along the bevel, they dull faster in use.

Sharpening a convex edge is easy and fast with Work Sharp Outdoor Products. The Original Knife & Tool Sharpener is designed to create a precise convex edge along the entire length of the blade using flexible abrasive belts and angle guides. A convex edge can be put on more than just knives. The Work Sharp Knife and Tool Sharpener also sharpens axes, hatchets, and other various tools which makes tasks, like splitting wood, more efficient.

A great benefit to using the convex edge is extending the life of the blade. Sharpening a convex edge on Work Sharp products provides minimal material take off, and more time between sharpening. Flat grind and other edge types tend to require more frequent sharpening as the knife dulls, therefore decreasing the life of the blade.

The Convex edge is ideal for tactical knives and kitchen cutlery for various applications: outdoor activities like hunting and fishing, everyday use, and in the kitchen for food prep.



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Genus : Lupinus L.
Family : Fabaceae [Pea family]

There are approx. 200 species throughout the world; 50 in Pacific Northwest alone where it grows wild in pasturelands, woodlands, and clearings. It was David Douglas (who was very involved with firs and pines in these parts) who discovered 21 distinct forms.

Lupins are perennial legumes, which means the nodules on the roots are home to a bacterium that changes atmospheric nitrogen into nitrates for the plant. By fixing the nitrogen this way, poor soil is fertilized. The root systems grow deep: some can grow to a depth of 20 feet!

And they grow tall : Arctic lupine (Lupinus latifolius) can reach 3 ft. (1m) in height ; Bigleaf Lupine (Lupinus polyphyllus) can grow to 5 ft (1.5m) ; Washington lupine ( Lupinus polyphyllus) 3-5 ft. tall, dense flower spikes white pink or blue native to west coast North America; Common Wild Lupine (Lupinus perennis) is more fragile, a delicate blue, resembling sweet peas which bloom in the late spring through the early summer. It is believed this one was the first to cross the ocean to Europe in the 1600's.

The Romans used the lupin for animal fodder. Wild animals are mostly unaffected; however, veterinarians are familiar with lupinosis, a poisoning affecting horses and sheep. Some lupins are important as food sources for butterfly larvae. The silverleaf lupine is one species important as a host plant for the mission blue butterfly, which needs it to lay its eggs. Sadly, both this lupin & butterfly have been declared endangered species & on San Bruno Mountain in California, 2000 acres have been reserved to protect this butterfly.

Medicinally, the white lupin seeds were helpful in times past for women in childbirth. Soaked in water, the seeds have been used externally, applied to ulcers. While the seeds are poisonous, experienced herbalists have also used them to treat intestinal worms.

Botanica .. North America [Marjorie Harris]
A Gardener's Encyclopedia Of Wildflowers [C.Colston Burrell]
Encyclopedia Of Northwest Native Plants for Gardens and Landscapes [Robson, Richter, Filbert]
Flora [Brent Elliott]
Culpeper's Color Herbal [Ed. Potterton]
The Origin Of Plants [Campbell-Culver]
Poisonous Plants [Stary; Berger]

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Taken in natural light ; Undedited; Uncropped, : Nature in all its natural splendour.
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