Small knife sharpener

12:49 p.m. on June 6, 2014 (EDT)
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Hi everyone,

Does anyone know of a GOOD knife sharpener?  Preferably one that is lightweight.




1:33 p.m. on June 6, 2014 (EDT)
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This is what I carry on the trail.  The slit sharpeners do my knife and the great little round grindstone does my pruner blade which is hard to reach.

6:11 p.m. on June 6, 2014 (EDT)
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somethihg similar to above or a simple small diamond stone

6:31 p.m. on June 6, 2014 (EDT)
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@Tipi, I have a very similar one by Smith's, but mine has a long ceramic part on the side for serrated parts of a blade.  Just got it recently.  Glad to hear it works for you.  

@Snakey, I have sharpened my carbon steel knife and it has worked great so far using the carbide (aggressive so be careful, just a few strokes) and then follow up with the ceramic.  Check Amazon, you'll find a deal.

12:22 a.m. on June 8, 2014 (EDT)
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Wow...seems like that would be the one.

6:34 a.m. on June 16, 2014 (EDT)
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Same as Tipi.

I had a similar heavier one, then found that Smith's version at REI in Seattle.

The purist will scoff but it is more than good enough for me.

About 1 oz

9:34 p.m. on June 17, 2014 (EDT)
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I've heard great things about this Fallkniven, but I haven't bitten the bullet yet. A Trailspace review can be found here.

11:37 p.m. on June 18, 2014 (EDT)
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BTW, on my screen that Smith's looks huge but it is just 3" long ,1" high

11:04 p.m. on June 19, 2014 (EDT)
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I have that Fallkniven DC4, it works well.  Likewise, for portable sharpeners, I also have a Spyderco Doublestuff, a DMT Diasharp, and some credit-card sized DMT stones.  I like having a wide variety from which to choose.

10:38 a.m. on June 24, 2014 (EDT)
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@Snakey, I just put up this review for the one I mentioned before.

12:43 p.m. on June 25, 2014 (EDT)
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2:49 p.m. on June 25, 2014 (EDT)
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i have a regular-size carbide stone from the local hardware store for most blades, and a leather strop with green honing compound for knives with a convex blade.

query - do people actually end up sharpening blades out on the trail? i usually remember to do that before a trip, and a decent blade isn't going to dull over the course of most trips of any reasonable length.  if you're out there a few weeks or more, different story. 

3:07 p.m. on June 25, 2014 (EDT)
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@andrew, exactly.  It's before a trip for me.  I don't take that many extended trips though to necessitate it on the trail, but having it could be handy.  It's easy to keep a small tool like this just tucked in the glove compartment even if you forget to sharpen up until the last minute before heading out. 

2:07 p.m. on June 26, 2014 (EDT)
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Yeah I suppose that a good sharpening job should last a while...depending on the knife.  I don't already have a sharpener, so I figured I would get one that I could take with too.

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