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](http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0000DD2C9/ref=nosim&tag=brooksreview-20).
– [800 Grit stone, to set the blade edge](http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0000DD1MH/ref=nosim&tag=brooksreview-20).
– [1200 grit stone, to get a good edge](http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0000DD1MJ/ref=nosim&tag=brooksreview-20).
– [6000 grit stone, to get a truly sharp knife](http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0000DD1MK/ref=nosim&tag=brooksreview-20).
– [Wet stone holder](http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0000DD21Y/ref=nosim&tag=brooksreview-20) (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.

Posted by Ben Brooks