Black Fox BF-301 Knife Sharpener
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- Last updated: 26/06/2017
If, like me, you have many knives, you will need some way of sharpening them. I learnt my skills as an apprentice Blacksmith for British Rail, making and repairing all manner of chisels and blades used on the railways; back then we did everything we could in-house, including heat treating with whale oil.
I have quite a few sharpening kits but the new Outdoor Sharpening system from Black Fox caught my eye. It is a system, as it has three elements to it; a carbide double rod slot for a simple pull through touch up of a blade, these are set to 44-degrees, that’s 22-degrees each side of course, this is accessible all the time. It also has a flat diamond stone grinder to do a deep repair of a chipped blade etc. It is housed inside the rectangular box section of the BF-301, there is a sliding button, which when pressed and drawn across the open slot, pushes out the section holding the diamond stone. Here, the outcome of the work is down to the skill of the person doing the sharpening. Lastly there are two ceramic rods; these slot into the base of the plastic pull out section on the underside of the diamond stone and are set to 18- and 24-degrees. Both are tear drop shaped with a small ‘V’ running down their whole length. There are three holes to hold the rod, depending upon what you are sharpening.
I like the compact size of the BF-301 and the well-designed storage and function of it. It is also wrapped in rubber for grip, which is essential for accurate sharpening. It is much more user-friendly than a lot of the sharpening kits I have. You have to keep your knives sharp, that makes them safer to use. At under twenty quid, the BF-301 is fantastic value for money, very portable and perfect for a touch up of your EDC, or to take on an extended camping trip.
Many thanks again to Bruce and Ben at HH.