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Pocket Knife Sharpener

By George

June 24, 2013

Pocket Knife sharpening is a simple process that is used to sharp blade edges by grinding it against a tough and hard surface. These surfaces can take shape of stones, pocket knife sharpener or for slightly grinding surface sandpaper is also used.

If you prefer using a pocket knife sharpener rather than stones, you may like to try any of the following:

  1. Lansky PS-MED01 Blade Medic Knife Sharpener, Black

Pocket Knife Sharpener

You can get this pocket knife sharpener at a very reasonable price. It has ceramic sharpening rods which give you fine finishing in only 3 to 4 strokes. To restore your blade you also use the tungsten carbide. Blade Medic Knife Sharpener is designed in such a way that it will get inside even the smallest and toughest serrations.


  1. Smith’s PP1 Pocket Pal Multifunction Sharpener

The pal multifunction sharpener is one of the most affordable sharpeners around. You can purchase it for just $8.00! It has preset carbides for quickly sharpening dull edges and its ceramic slot helps sharpening serrated blades. It is lightweight and very compact.


But if you want to go with the traditional ways instead than the below mentioned guide will help you out!

To achieve perfect sharpness, make sure the approach between the stone and the pocket knife blade is small; this also means you have to apply less force or pressure on the sides to have a nice curvy bend.

To achieve a very tough edge of your pocket knife so that you may use it for easy chopping, the blade will be sharpened at either 25 degree or higher. For sharp edges the sharpening takes place at usually 10 degrees.

You cannot use one pocket sharpener for all your knives! Different knives require different styles of pocket knife sharpeners and it also depends on the usage of the pocket knife. For example one of the most fragile yet sharp edges are of a surgical scalpel, there are no such sharpeners for them because they are used once most of the times. But Razors that are a daily use hollow grinds to ensure they shave off with minimal effort and thus should be sharp. But unlike a scalpel or a razor, pocket knives perform more functions. An axe will enjoy sharpness superiority above all aforementioned examples. So the nature of the blade and use of the sharp edge tool depends on its usage.

The reason why a stone is used for sharpening the edges of the pocket knife is mainly because the finer the grain the better and sharper the blades turn out to be.

There is no prescribed or a universally standard method to sharpen the edges of a pocket knife. Everybody has different ways and techniques that they apply to get fine sharp blade. This article will discuss of the most easiest and most commonly practice method used in sharpening a knife.

Before you start you will need a blade sharpening stone and some lubricant. There are many varieties of whet stones or sharpening stones available in the market. Some stones with different levels of grits that are most commonly been used to sharpen pocket knife blades are the Japanese water stones and stones that have a surface of diamond coat. Which stone you opt for sharpening totally depends on your personal preference and the level of sharpness you want to achieve. As a beginner one will have to try almost all the sharpening stones so that he has an idea of which stone best fit his requirement and is easier to work with.
When trying out different stones and polishing your sharpening skills be sure that the quality of the stone should always compliment the quality of the pocket knife. Going for a cheap stone for a fancy expensive nice is not wise and will most probably ruin the beauty of your pocket knife. Similarly it isn’t wise to use a precious stone with a cheap and ordinary pocket knife. Choose your sharpening stones very wisely.

The most basic sharpening stone is easily available in almost all the hardware stores at no more than $10. The most basic pocket knife sharpening stone is usually two sided. One side is fine grit and the other is a rough grit. Always remember, the finer the grit of your pocket knife sharpening stone the sharper blade can be achieved.

After selecting the right pocket knife sharpening stone, the next thing you need in a lubricant. This is not necessary, but if lubricant is used the pocket knife sharpening process will become more flexible and reduce the risks associated with using stone sharpeners and blades. Lubricants have no standard form; they can come in a wide range from water to oil. A lot of have experts have recommended the use of mineral oil in the process on pocket knife blade sharpening. Lubricant works like a cooling agent and reduces the amount of heat that is produced from the friction that takes place between rubbing of your sharpening stone and the blade of the pocket knife. Without a lubricant, there are high chances that your blade will be damaged due to the extensive amount being produced because of the friction that is created. Like the pocket knife sharpening stones, the lubricant is also available at very reasonable prices at almost the hardware stores. The lubricant also comes very handy for clearing out any debris or swarf on the blade of your pocket knife when you grind the sharpening stone on it.

The lubricant is not always necessary as mentioned above; it is a matter of choice. You may either use it or not use depending your comfort and feasibility.

You will begin with the rough grit. Rub the dull side of the blade against the rough grit of your knife sharpening stone. If you are not sure about which side is the rough grit, just scratch it with your nail and you’ll know by the rough feel.

You can prepare your stone with the help of the lubricant. All you need to do is pour some mineral oil over the surface but make sure it’s enough; this doesn’t mean you have to soak it.

The next is about getting the show on the road.  Keep an angle of 10 to 15 degrees raise your knife blade in a position that it lies flat on the pocket knife sharpening stone. It is not always necessary that all blades are sharpening using the same angel; a different knife may require some angle adjustments. The 10 to 15 degree angle works well for most of the knives and gives you a fair sharpy edge. Working at a constant angle requires a lot of practice, and you might have difficulty maintaining a perfect angle as a beginner. To better rectify you sharpening angles, you may consider purchasing a ‘sharpening guide’. This guide is not expensive and is available at a price range of $10.

You can sharp the first side of your pocket knife blade first.

Happy Sharpening!