It’s repeatedly said that a dull blade is more unsafe and dangerous rather than a sharp or shrill one. Why so? Because the dull blade take more energy to use and when you push harder or forcedly knife on any material so yes there is a chance that it can lead to slip of knife and may cause any problem to you. Where else a sharp knife is easy to cut with the slightest effort and maximum control. Knives are an essential tool used on a daily basis, and pocket knives are very convenient to have on your person and mandatory to any outdoorsman. A pocket knife is used for many different reasons like to cut a rope, used for cutting a box or steel can but it can only be used when its edge is sharped.
That’s why it is important to learn how to sharpen a pocket knife or tips for sharpening a machete. Today, this article will make you learn the best way that how you can sharpen your pocket knife.
Pocket knives come in many different shapes and sizes with a diverse style of edges, as well as different types of blade steel, and that’s why there are different methods use the sharp pocket knife. They are different product sell in market cheap and expensive to sharpen a pocket knife.
Here are few we recommend
- Jew Boer Thin Diamond Knife Tool Sharpening Stone Square Plate Whetstone
- Winco 12″ Fine/Grain Sharpening Stone medium
- Sharpal 106H 10’’ Sharpening Steel
- Dan’s Translucent Pocket Knife Sharpening Stone Whetstone
- Fallkniven DC3
Before you sharpen the blade you should know for what purpose the blade is being used whether it is being used for cooking purpose or for whittling. If the knife is highly expensive, William Henry Knives are a good example, you need a high quality sharpening stone as you may not prefer any cheap sharpening stone but if it’s a simple pocket knife there’s no need to get any fancy or expensive stone plate.
There are gazillions different styles of shaping stones. There is thin diamond knife sharpening stone, Winco 12 grain sharpening stone, Japanese water stone and stones with a different ranking of grit.
We recommend sharpening square plate whetstone to the beginners because it is easy to use and available almost in all home stores and also available online stores.
After you chose the right whetstone for your pocket knife another thing you must buy is mineral oil. Some specialists favor using dry whetstone, while others prefer mineral oil on the stone while they are sharpening a pocket knife. The lubricant can be of any type from water to oil. They are used to moderate the heat from the friction that is created during sharpening of your pocket knife. The lubricant is also used to for cleaning your knife after you grind your pocket knife blade on the stone.
So, the main two tools to sharpen your pocket knife are
- Sharpening stone
Steps to sharpen your knife
1. A plain piece of cloth
First of all, take a simple piece of cloth keep it on a flat place and then keep sharpening whetstone on it.
Apply lubricant on sharpening stone
Apply a little drop of lubricant on your both sides of sharpening whetstone. It is your choice to use mineral oil or water; both can be used.
2. Position the blade at a Right angle
The right angle is 15 degree of your blade against the rough grit side of the sharpening stone. The angle depends on the size of your knife. The smaller of the angle, the sharper your knife blade. For pocket knives, 10-15 degree is the standard angle.
Start by placing your pocket knife blade flat on the stone and keeping the knife’s edge on the stone, move the back of your knife to the angle of 10-15 degree.
3. Glide the blade along the stone
Place your knife blade in the perfect position on stone. Sweep the knife downward and off the end of a whetstone. You can bring it near you or away from you that depends on you. Simply repeat the same step on opposite side. Apply the moderate pressure, don’t get harsh while sweeping the blade, do it very smoothly in continuous motion.
Remember knife blades that are long or curved than your sharpening whetstone is needed to sweep down the blade at both sides ways of the stone to sharpen the entire blade evenly.
4. Repeat the step
Repeat this step 7-9 times until you get accomplished to have sharp edges of your blade.
5. Enjoy your sharpened pocket knife
Now your blade is ready to be used. But first, clean it with the cloth. Clean all the dirt from it and then use it.
6. Check the sharpness of your pocket knife.
Hold up a simple piece of paper, and cut down a slice of paper with your knife. If the blade is sharp, it will easily glide through the paper which means the blade is well sharped. There is one more way to test the sharpness of the blade by holding your knife up to the light or sun and looking for the bright light reflection.
There are also many other ways to sharpen the pocket knife like one of the cheapest way is by using honing rod.
Honing road is sharpening steel. Rods are also made out of diamonds or ceramic. Both of this material are dependable because of both sharps the blades very smoothly and quickly. And you get the same result as you get from sharpening stone.
Place an old towel or simple cloth on a flat place.
Hold the rod by the handle and place its tip on the tip of cloth. If you don’t use any cloth so there are chances honing rod might get a slip. The honing rod should be straight at a proper vertical angle.
Find your Right angle
Determine the angle at which you will hold the blade against the rod. 25-30 degree angle is suitable for pocket knives.
Swipe the knife till the edge of the rod
Strongly grab the rod form handle, on the other hand, take your knife slowly at verticle position swipe the blade and use a light touch do not push the knife against the rod with a lot of pressure. Move the knife from vertical position from heel to tip as you swipe it down along the rod.
Shift both sides to get sharpen a pocket knife
Switch both sides to get sharpen both sides of the pocket knife. Use smooth hand while swiping. After the knife is sharpened test it by paper or light which procedure is already mentioned above.