documenting the many uses for the common pocket knife
I’ve you’ve just purchased a new pocket knife, or have had a pocket knife that is seeming a little dull, you’re probably wondering how to sharpen the blade. There are several options available to sharpen a pocket knife, and this little how to will attempt to outline them, and provide you a good understanding of sharpening a small pocket knife blade.
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Sharpening stones come in as many varieties as do pocket knives themselves so you’ll have no shortage of options. Each stone will have a different grit level with stones that have a rougher grit good for starting the sharpening process, and stones with the finest grit best for putting that final sharp edge.
Also called a honing oil, lubricant plays a vital role in the sharpening process. The primary purpose of the lubricant is to cut down on the friction, and resulting heat generated when sharping a blade. Too much heat can actually warp a blade, so using some sort of oil or water based lubricant will reduce the chances of that happening and will keep your blade in pristine condition after many sharpenings. The secondary benefit is to continually remove (by washing away) the debris generated when sharpening your blade.
Prepare the Stone
Cover your stone with the lubricant of your choice. This is where having a clean and prepared workspace makes sense, as you don’t want oil or water to go everywhere (and have to explain to your wife why there’s oil and knives all over the kitchen).
This video by CarterCutlery goes over the process of how to sharpen a pocket knife in fairly good detail. It’s long, but if you’re interested in protecting your pocket knife investment, or don’t want to ruin an older knife while sharpening – it’s worth the watch and patience.
For another perspective, shilohtv offers this shorter video on how to sharpen a pocket knife. This video also introduced me to a new term related to blade sharpening, called “stropping”.