How to Sharpen a Pocket Knife?

If you’ve ever owned and regularly used any type of knife before, then you know that the blade will eventually dull over time. Now, when the blade dulls, it doesn’t mean that you need to discard your knife. It simply means that you need to sharpen it so you’re able to use it effectively and efficiently once again. There are many different ways you can perform knife sharpening today, and it’s reasonably easy to do. In this post, we’ll tell you how. But first, let’s discuss how often you’ll likely need to sharpen your pocket knife.

How Often Will I Need to Sharpen My Knife?

This is a question that is based on several factors. For instance, how often are you using your knife? The more frequently you use your pocket knife, the faster the blade will dull. On the other hand, if you use your knife infrequently, it’s not unusual for several years to pass before you need to sharpen it.
It’s easy to tell when your knife needs sharpening. A good knife will slice through just about anything with ease, while a dull blade will not. We tend to let the “paper test” decide by holding a piece of paper upright and slicing down through the center with your knife. If it doesn’t easily cut the paper into two parts, then your knife needs its blade sharpened.

How to Sharpen Your Pocket Knife

You only need two things to sharpen your knife: a sharpening stone and some sort of lubricant. There are many sharpening stones on the market today, so make sure you’re selecting the one that’s purpose-built for pocket knives. Here’s a look at some step-by-step instructions on how to give your knife a like-new edge.

  1. Start by cleaning it. Before you sharpen, take a moment to clean your knife correctly. Use soap and water to rid the blade of any dirt or debris. After you’ve thoroughly cleaned it, make sure to completely dry it before moving onto the next step. As you’re cleaning, also be wary of any nicks in the blade, which you may have to work out during sharpening.
  2. Apply lubrication. You’ll want to apply lubrication not to the knife but to the sharpening stone you’re using.
  3. Locate the edge bevel. If your knife has an angle to it, you’ll want to match it to how you’re sharpening. For example, Victorinox suggests sharpening Swiss army knives at a 15-20-degree angle on each side of the blade. It may help to make a mark on the sharpening stone with a marker and then follow that line as you’re sharpening.
  4. Begin sharpening. As we said, every sharpening tool is a little bit different, so make sure you know how to properly use the one you’ve selected. Take your knife blade and, in a sweeping motion, run it across the entire length of the stone. Make sure you apply enough pressure while sharpening to work the edge. If you feel a burr of metal along the blade, it’s time to switch sides and sharpen the other side. If you want to take your knife sharpening to the next level, you might even pick up a few different stones of varying degrees of coarseness to really hone the knife blade.
  5. Perform the paper check again. Check to ensure your sharpening was successful by performing the paper test once again. If it easily slices the piece of paper, you’ve done well. If it doesn’t, the blade likely needs more work.

Now that you know how to sharpen a pocket knife, you will want to continue sharpening it as often as you see fit. To learn more about sharpening pocket knives or All Things Swiss products, contact us today!