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Smith’s Pocket Pal Knife Sharpener

I have used the Pocket Pal to renovate the rather tired blade of my very well used Leatherman OHT [© MG]
Smith’s Pocket Pal Multi-Functional Knife Sharpener features pre-set crossed carbides and ceramic stones to help provide the perfect razor edge, writes Mike Gormley.


I am sure I am safe in saying we all have a blade to keep sharp. Be it on a Leatherman, on a pocketknife, or just around the kitchen. Blades need to be kept sharp if they are to do their job. A blunt blade is not only annoying but it can be dangerous as you try to hack your way through things.

The Pocket Pal knife sharpener is both handy and very effective [© MG]

Personally, I have never been very good at using a sharpening stone to keep a decent edge so the modern day sharpener is perfect for me. This one from Smith’s is spot on for a number of reasons. First up it is compact, light and durable so can easily be taken with you wherever you maybe going. The course carbide sharpener, used to sort out a blunt or damaged blade, is both reversible and replaceable. Then there is a ceramic sharpener just to hone your blade’s edge; this is also replaceable. A bonus of this sharpener is that it also has a diamond coated, tapered abrasive rod to enable you to sharpen serrated blades; the taper allowing for the variation in size and shape of the serrations.

This is a great little tool.

[images © Mike Gormley]

The fold-away, tapered sharpener for serrated blades is also very handy [© MG]

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