Top 10 Best Pocket Knife Sharpener For Every Day Carry

Best Pocket Knife Sharpener – Top 10 For Every Day Carry

Top 10 Best Pocket Knife Sharpeners

What is the Best Pocket Knife Sharpener to keep your blades sharp in the field?

There are plenty of different knife sharpeners out there that claim to be the Best Pocket Knife Sharpener for keeping your blades sharp, but there is only a handful that are small enough to fit in your pocket and still manage to sharpen your knife without compromise Your choice of pocket knife sharpener should be dictated by the types of tools you are going to be sharpening, which for most bushcrafters will range from homemade throwing stars to a 12″ Bowie knife.

If like myself, you prefer a straight edge blade as opposed to a serrated edge (jagged teeth) then a simple wet stone like the DC4 Diamond is your best choice of pocket knife sharpener. If like many people, you use a serrated edge blade or carry a multi-tool with multiple edge styles then getting a knife sharpener with multiple dynamic file angles is the sensible option.

The Best Pocket Knife Sharpener for Straight Edge Blades

The benefits of using a sharpening stone are that they are reliable, have no moving parts, and allow you to easily repair a damaged edge as well as maintaining a sharp one. You can get various shapes and sizes, ranging from ultra slim to the popular, Lansky Puck which is shaped like a small hockey puck. Natural whetstones have generally given way to high-quality artificial stones due to their consistent particle size and precision. Still the most popular field sharpening tool around the world, there is something special about sharpening a knife the way your ancestors would have done hundreds of years ago.

The Best Pocket Knife Sharpener for Serrated Edge Blades and Multi-tools

Top 10 Best Pocket Knife SharpenerThe main benefits of carrying a more modern style knife sharpener with multiple angle specialist tools are that they are lightweight, they require little technique to master, and can be used on serrated edge blades. The Best Pocket Knife Sharpener for serrated edges and other hand tools should have a specialist edge as well as a tapered round rod to get a really sharp edge on the serrated points and dips. Generally very lightweight, portable and easy to use, the multi-tool style pocket knife sharpener is becoming ever more popular with hikers and backpackers.

Top 10 Best Pocket Knife Sharpeners

This list of the Top 10 Best Pocket Knife Sharpener is not just about how good the tool is at sharpening a blade, but also how portable it is. The question we had to ask ourselves is, “which of the Top 10 Best Pocket Knife Sharpener would we most likely keep in our pocket on a daily basis?”


Smith’s PP1 Pocket Pal Knife Sharpener

Smith's PP1 Pocket Pal Knife Sharpening Kit

Weighing just 1 oz, the Smith’s PP1 Pocket Pal is lighter than the Lansky Blade Medic thanks to the lightweight plastic casing (instead of metal) and the shorter length. Carbide V plates provide quick edge setting capability for dull or damaged knives and are reversible and replaceable. Ceramic V plates provide a smooth, polished edge for an already sharp knife and are also reversible and replaceable. Preset sharpening angles guarantee consistent results by drawing your blade through each of the V-slots at a 90º angle, starting with the Carbide plates.

While the Smith’s Pocket Pal does not have a serrated ceramic sharpening edge, the tapered diamond rod goes down to a super fine point which will sharpen most serrated edges and gut hooks. The size is ideal for clipping on your keys or keeping in your pocket but most backpackers, campers, and hikers will generally keep one of these fastened to the inside of their backpack. The thumb groove and lanyard hole are a nice touch but it is the compact design and lightweight materials that make the PP1 our favorite pocket knife sharpener.

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Lansky Blade Medic PS-MED01 – Best Pocket Knife Sharpener

Lansky PS-MED01 BladeMedic

Weighing in at 4 oz, the Lansky Blade Medic is not the lightest pocket knife sharpener on this list, but it is our second choice. The Diamond Tapered Rod is perfect for reconditioning and maintaining a sharp edge on the go and the ceramic serrated knife sharpener allows you to get inside the smallest serration. Five or six strokes through the Tungsten Carbide V section rods will restore any nicks in your blade while another three or four strokes through the Ceramic V section rods will finish your edge to a fine point.

While the metal casing on the BladeMedic feels better than a plastic casing to hold and has better longevity, this does not compensate for the extra weight it adds on. The extra length that is added by the serrated ceramic edge is not all dead weight though, it offers a clear advantage to the tapered rod’s usability by allowing for longer strokes along a fixed blade.

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Fallkniven Knives DC4 Diamond/Ceramic Whetstone

Fallkniven Knives DC4 Diamond/Ceramic Whetstone

The Fallkniven DC4 Diamond Ceramic Whetstone is a popular dual surface combination sharpening stone that is a firm favorite for, well anyone with a passion for knives. The double sided difference provides a 25-micron diamond surface for honing a dull blade and a fine ceramic whetstone for achieving a truly sharp edge. Small and lightweight at only 65 grams but lacking any sort of handle, grip or attachment point, you are supplied with a small leather pouch for storage which helps prevent damage. A simple and low maintenance pocket sharpening tool that can be used wet or dry and does not require oil, this is always going to appeal to the knife enthusiast or bushcrafter who is thinking long term. The only reason the Fallkniven DC4 doesn’t rank number one is that it is not as practical to keep in your pocket as other keyring pocket knife sharpeners.

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DMT F70F Diamond Mini Knife Sharpener

DMT F70F Diamond Mini Knife Sharpener

Weighing just 0.8 oz or 23 grams, the DMT F70F pocket knife sharpener is a lightweight fold away fine diamond sharpening stone that measures just 3.5 inches long. With DMT’s monocrystalline diamond surface, no oil is needed, you can get a razor sharp edge by using it dry or with water. The fine diamond surface allows gives the crystals a larger surface area to be up to 6 times as effective as regular sharpening stones. Made in the USA, the solid construction will provide a consistent performance for many years, even when used on garden tools like spades and axes.

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Smith’s Pocket Pal X2 Sharpener & Survival Tool

Smith's Pocket Pal X2 Sharpener & Survival Tool

The Smith’s Pocket Pal X2 is more than just your average Knife Sharpener, the Pocket Pal X2 also includes some essential pieces of kit to become an all in one survival tool that is meant to accompany your knife. Along with the same knife sharpening tools as on the original Pocket Pal (tapered diamond rod for serrations and gut hooks, carbide plates, ceramic plates), you also get some survival gadgets that will no doubt come in handy at some point. A fire starting flint rod, compass, signal whistle and micro LED torch only add on an extra 3/4 of an ounce and could potentially save your life one day. If you don’t already have these individual items or you like the idea of combining them all into one then this is the best pocket knife sharpener for you.

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Wusthof 2899 2 Stage Pocket Knife Sharpener

 

Wusthof 2 stage Knife Sharpener

The Wusthof 2899 2 Stage Pocket Knife Sharpener is a simple yet effective keyring style sharpener that is built for daily use and is great value for money. The coarse carbide V plate slot sets the edge of a dull blade with a dozen swipes at a 90º angle for optimal edge shaping. The fine ceramic rods hone a professional finish to an already sharp blade and help maintain the edge from immediate dulling. The non-slip rubber inserts on top and bottom add grip and stability on hard surfaces while the textured hand grip provides plenty of traction to sharpen your knife safely.

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Yoyal Folding 360/600 Grit Diamond Knife Sharpener

Yoyal Folding 360600 Grit Diamond Knife Sharpener

Weighing in at 2.9 oz and measuring 12.5 cm long, the Yoyal Folding 360/600 Grit Diamond Knife Sharpener is one of the largest and heavier tools on the Top 10 Best Pocket Knife Sharpener List. The Diamond-electroplated surface increases the efficiency of each strike while the folding handle assembly allows you to hold the sharpener in a very comfortable position. The double sided design has a 360 Grit coarse grain for sharpening on one side and 600 Grit on the other for fine edge honing. The butterfly knife style design is well suited to the knife sharpener and does a good job of protecting the stone in transit as well as making it easy to carry.

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SOG SH03-CP Fire Starter and Ceramic Sharpener

SOG Ceramic Pocket Knife Sharpener
An innovative product from SOG Specialty Knives & Tools combines two important tools into a lightweight and portable multi-tool for camping and hiking. A diamond shaped sharpening pad works better on larger blades while the cylindrical ceramic sharpening rod provides a precise edge to grind against. The high strength handle is made from non-slip, abrasion and impact resistant glass-reinforced nylon material with a textured thumb groove for super grip. The SH03-CP‘s compact size and light weight of just under 20 grams make it ideal to fasten to your keychain or backpack however in a true survival situation I would rather carry something with a more solid and protected structure.

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Victorinox Pocket Knife Sharpener

Victorinox Pocket Knife Sharpener

As most of you will already know, or will realize the second you read this, Victorinox are the world famous makers of the classic Swiss army knife design which are now produced using German engineering. The Victorinox Pocket Knife Sharpener is handy pen shaped design with a simple pocket clip lid and interchangeable rod / edge finisher. The plastic construction does not feel anywhere near as solid as with other plastic knife sharpeners, but it does provide an elegantly slimline profile that can be tucked into your pocket or tool belt. The ceramic sharpener is oval shaped and takes some getting used to if you have been using a flat stone or V slot up until now. At 23 cm long and weighing a modest 40 grams, this is a cheap pocket knife sharpener that Swiss army knife fans seem to love.

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Wenger Super Sharpener

Wenger Super Sharpener

The Wenger Super Sharpener is designed more as a compact knife sharpener as opposed to a pocket knife sharpener, however, it fits in your pocket so it is last on the list. Perfect for kitchen knives but designed for Swiss army knives, the Wenger Super Sharpener is very easy to use and has a large safety bar to prevent inexperienced users from chopping their fingers off. The Diamond Carbide sharpener is suitable for smaller garden tools as well as sharpening a dull blade while the V-shape slot puts a fine edge on all types of cutting tools. Claims that it sharpens serrated blades however we found it incredibly tricky and if it’s a serrated blade you have, then have a look at some of the higher ranked pocket knife sharpeners further up this list.

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