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- Last updated: 25/04/2021
I’ve previously tested three models in the Smith’s range of knife sharpeners and I’m now looking at another trio worthy of any hunters and outdoorsman’s attention.
Two are very similar in design while the other is much larger in size and shape, yet all are constructed from the same materials. This translates as the body, and where applicable the handle, are made from a combination of ABS and a semi-hard rubber. All of them feature two sharpening slots, one housing carbide blades (Coarse) and the other ceramic blades (Fine).
Carbide blades (or stones) are used to what is termed ‘set the edge’. They provide quick edge setting capability for dull or damaged knives and are designed for use on straight edge blades only.
Alternatively, the ceramic bladed slot is used to hone or finish the edge. These are capable of providing a smooth, polished edge for already sharp knives and can be used on serrated or standard blades. On the three detailed, these sharpening abrasives in the pull-through slots are reversible and replaceable for extended sharpening.
First up is the Smith’s Pocket Pal Multi-Functional Knife Sharpener. As well as the two individual pre-set crossed carbide and ceramic stone slots, it includes a tapered 400 Grit (medium grade) diamond coated rod. When not in use, it stores in the bottom of the housing and to deploy it, simply fold it out through 180°. It is designed for sharpening serrated edges and small gut hooks.
The unit is slim, compact, lightweight and durable, plus it comes with a lanyard hole.
Next up is the previous knife sharpeners very close relative; the Pocket Pal X2. This also features coarse and fine pull-through sharpening slots on one side while the other has the same design fold out, tapered diamond rod that also stores in the housing. However, this model includes a fire starter, button size compass, push-button operated LED light and emergency signal whistle housed in its frame. A clever design feature is that a sharpening slot can be used in combination with the fire starter to produce sparks.
Last but not least is the handheld axe and machete sharpener. As the name indicates, a tool to use for keeping your axe, hatchet, or machete in prime condition. This simple and easy to use sharpener is very different in design but like the others, it uses pre-set carbide blades to quickly put a smooth, sharp edge on both sides of your blade in a matter of minutes. It has a durable plastic head and a soft grip, oversized finger handle for safe and secure sharpening. It also comes with a stiff wire bristle cleaning brush that stores in a recess in the top of the handle.
Primarily, these sharpeners are designed to be easily stored and practical. All are high quality, user friendly and very well priced.