The classic response to “What would I use a pocket knife for?” is “When you have one, you’ll find yourself using it all the time.”
When you have a portable knife sharpener, you’ll find yourself using it all the time. But… if you’re like most TTAK readers, you don’t want to sacrifice that perfect blade angle on your fishing or woodcarving knife. Good news for you: Lansky has a portable knife sharpener just for knife snobs.
The Quadsharp Pocket Sharpener is the V.I.P. version of Lansky’s legendary Blademedic. Wait, you didn’t know there was a V.I.P. version? Neither did we, but it’s cool to see a pocket sharpener that can actually do 17, 20, 25 and 30-degree angles rather than a nondescript standard. Even better, the Quadsharp can be had for just $3 more than the Blademedic.
There are two functionalities: pull-through sharpening at each of the four angles, plus an 800-grit ceramic element to be used like a benchstone. The ceramic is harder than steel and tapered for sharpening serrations.
This thing sells itself. Check it out at Lansky’s site.
Field Sharpening Tips From Lansky
Anticipate dullness. Be mindful of how sharp your knife is while you’re in the field. You’ll get the best results by touching up your knife before it gets dangerously dull.
Take your time. You wouldn’t rush your sharpening at home; do the same in the field.
Count your strokes. This is a portable sharpener; it’s meant to do the job quickly. Three to six strokes is probably all you need.
Rinse your blade thoroughly before sticking it back into your game harvest.
When sharpening a serrated blade, pull the ceramic element against the grooved side of each serration individually. if the serrations are wider, use a sweeping or rolling motion along the full length of the serration, from one side to the other. Repeat this on each serration before moving onto the next.
Recommended Sharpening Angles for Outdoor Knives:
Survival, Wilderness and Hunting Knives: 25 or 30 degrees
Boning Knives: 17, 20 or 25 degrees
Fillet Knives: 17 or 20 degrees
Machetes: 30 degrees