How to Sharpen a Pocket Knife With a Stone

How to Sharpen a Pocket Knife With a Stone
Pocket knives, especially Swiss army knives, are often neglected and rarely sharpened. A dull knife is more dangerous to the user than a sharp one. The user usually tries to compensate for the dull blade by using more force, which increases the chance of an accident. For best results, all knives require regular sharpening.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Coarse sharpening stone
  • Lubricating oil
Step 1
Apply a few drops of oil to the top of a coarse sharpening stone, or whetstone. You need just enough to coat the top lightly. If you're looking outdoors for a stone, a flat, gritty bit of sandstone is best.
Step 2
Take the blade of the pocket knife to the stone, pointing the blade away from you. The blade should be at an angle of about 10 degrees relative to the stone.
Step 3
Push the blade along the surface of the sharpening stone, away from you. A small amount of force should be enough. Repeat about a dozen times, though more may be needed if the blade is especially dull.
Step 4
Flip the blade over and repeat on the other side at the same 10 degree angle, continuing to push the blade away from you. Fewer strokes will be necessary, usually six to eight.

Tips & Warnings

A 10 degree angle is common for most pocket knives, but some may have a steeper bevel. If your knife isn't getting sharp, try increasing the angle to 15 or 20 degrees.

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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