How to Sharpen a Case Pocket Knife

How to Sharpen a Case Pocket Knife
The W.R. Case and Sons company makes an excellent series of pocket knives that can meet a variety of needs, and as a rule they are hardier than the typical Swiss Army Knife. However, like an knife, they need to be kept sharp if they are to perform well. A dull blade requires a lot more muscle to use, and that extra force can even increase the chance of an accident. There is little need to have a dull Case knife, as sharpening one is so easy.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Whetstone Common lubricating oil
  • Whetstone
  • Common lubricating oil
 
Step 1
Oil the whetstone by applying just enough oil to put a light coating over the top surface.
Step 2
Pull the blade out of the knife and set it at its full extension.
Step 3
Hold the knife to the freshly oiled whetstone so that the blade is pointing away from you, and resting at a 10 degree angle.
Step 4
Move the blade forward by smoothly pushing it down the length of the whetstone. Do this about 10 to 12 times for an ordinary sharpening. A very dull knife will require more.
Step 5
Turn the pocket knife over. Now the blade will be pointed toward you. Hold it against the stone using the 10 degree angle again.
Step 6
Move the blade forward, dragging the other side of the edge against the whetstone. Do this 6 to 8 times for an ordinary sharpening.
Step 7
Repeat on the other blades of the knife as necessary. Many Case knives have more than one blade.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
A very dull knife that has lost its edge altogether will need to be filed before it is sharpened. No amount of work with a whetstone will restore an edge once it has been lost.

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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