The best pocket knife sharpener depends on where and when you’ll be using it
A pocket knife is a man’s best friend (after a dog of course) but finding the best pocker knife sharpener to sharpen that pocket knife can sometimes be a little bit of a challenge.
That’s not because it’s so hard to sharpen pocket knives, just because what one person considers to be the best pocket knife sharpener isn’t the best for another, so it’s very difficult just say that THIS sharpener or THAT sharpener is the best pocket knife sharpener.
And a lot depends on when and where you are sharpening your pocket knife. If you’re doing it at home in the comfort of a shed, with plenty of time on your hands then you’ll probably be using a different sharpener than you will if you’re out camping and you need that pocket knife in a hurry, and it’s blunt.
Ultimately a pocket knife is just a knife like any other, and can be sharpened pretty much the same as most other knives. And as you know if you’ve read our website we regularly suggest that one of the best ways to sharpen a knife, provided you’re prepared to put in a little effort to learn, is using a simple wetstone.
There are all sorts of commercial pocket knife sharpeners available, 2 of the more common ones are quite small, relatively easy to use, inexpensive and can easily fit in your pocket so that you can carry them with you.
Of course the 2 we are referring to, which you are probably quite familiar with, are the Lansky PS-MED01 BladeMedic and the Smith’s PP1 Pocket Pal Multifunction Sharpener.
Both of these simple but effective pocket knife sharpeners are regularly available on Amazon for roughly under $15, sometimes under $10. And both of these very small and cheaper sharpeners are quite effective, particularly considering the cost as well is the fact that they are so small they are easy to transport or carry with you.
The Lansky for example, has 2 sharpening grooves, both a ceramic and a carbide groove, for simple and quick sharpening, as well as a long tapered diamond rod for simple honing, or for polishing up serrations if you have a knife with some serrations.
The Smiths is very similar, and equally effective.
And if you’re out camping, and you’ve forgotten to sharpen up your knife before you left, then you can touch up your knife blade very successfully with either of these pocket knife sharpeners.
However alongside both of these simple commercial pocket knife sharpeners there is another option. It’s also relatively cheap, light and easy to carry. This is the DMT Diamond Mini-Sharp Sharpener. This is an ultra small keychain diamond Whetstone sharpener which you can carry with you camping and pull out when needed. It can be used dry or with water.
It comes in both coarse and fine, coarse being for when your knife blade needs a little more extra work and fine for when a simple touchup will do. For the price you can buy both. And if you feel the urge you can even buy extra fine.
For me the best pocket knife sharpener, when you’re out camping, is the DMT minisharp, but that’s just a matter of opinion. Like I say, everyone has a different opinion.
I mentioned sharpening up your pocket knife before you leave. That’s the best way of sharpening a pocket knife, because you’re got plenty of time on your hands and you can take your time producing a super sharp blade.
And provided you’re prepared to invest the time before you leave on your camping trip then the best pocket knife sharpener for you will be a Whetstone.
Whilst not quite as quick (or noisy) as an electric knife sharpener you will find that once you’ve learned to use a good wet stone you can produce just as good an edge as you can with an electric sharpener, and once you’ve mastered the art of sharpening with a stone you can produce an even better edge. Not only that but in many cases a simple stone will be cheaper.
Not only that but a good stone is an important tool for sharpening knives and other tools, and once you have a good wet stone or 2 you will have them for years, and they are extremely versatile.
For demonstrating how to do it we can’t do better than this excellent article about sharpening your pocket knife with a wetstone.
Or watch the video below to see how to do it.