I have been getting a lot of questions lately about how I sharpen my pocket knives. I use this little v-sharpener by Smith for most day-to-day sharpening tasks. It is also the sharpener that I take hiking/camping with me. It does a nice, but not spectacular job.
For a really sharp edge I use Japanese wet stones — they will give you an edge that will cut your finger a millimeter before the blade touches your finger. Just how I like my knives. (These are wet stones so they need to be kept, umm, wet.)
- Starter stone: 2 in 1 1000 to 6000 grit stone.
- 800 Grit stone, to set the blade edge.
- 1200 grit stone, to get a good edge.
- 6000 grit stone, to get a truly sharp knife.
- Wet stone holder (so it stays put when you sharpen).
I grew up sharpening my knifes with these stones and I wouldn’t trade them for any other system because I like my knives to be really sharp.