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Need a decent portable/backpacking Sharpener

Discussion in 'Knives' started by jtice, Aug 4, 2011.

  1. jtice

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    At home I use a Spyderco SharpMaker and love it,
    I would like to find a nice small portable sharpener for backing packing and camping that is similar.
    I dont want alot of bulk though, ideally what I would like is a dogbone type stone with a base on it that I can sit it down and it hold the stone to the proper angle, like the Sharpmaker.

    Anyone know of anything like this?
    I would just get a stone, and make a base, but I am not sure how I would get the angle drilled in it just right.
     
  2. vivek16

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    Honestly, no you don't. :) It's a luxury.

    I like my lansky mini-crockstick sharpener. You could just take one of the crock sticks to save weight if you so desired.

    -vivek
     
  3. DaPro

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    google smith field sharpener, they have a couple models that might fit the bill, most can be found at walmart too.
     
  4. able_man
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    Lanksy makes a crock stick sharpener similar to the sharpmaker, it by no means tiny, but significantly smaller than the sharpmaker. It can be found here
     
  6. jtice

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    Thanks for the suggestions guys, hmmm that Lansky Crock Srick Turnbox looks interesting, basically a smaller packaged Sharpmaker.
    I think I might pick up one of those and a typical dogbone.
     
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    ag russel has a great field sharpener. I haven't used it in yers but it works
     
  9. MWDP

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    Spyderco double stuffed ceramic/carbide pocket sharpener - comes with a really nice leather sheath and would set you back less than 40$. Another very good option is Fallkniven DC4.
     
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    Nicholson 6" Smooth Cut File....takes up less space than a Sharpie,since it's flat.

    Please don't use pressure; just brush it across the edge lightly.

    Will last 25 years,and you won't cry if you lose it!

    $7.49 at MidwayUSA:
    http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/default.aspx?productNumber=300290

    Kindly send all letters of appreciation to the email address,below!

    :crackup:

    ~Gnarly
     
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    Another option is the Spyderco Duckfoot Sharpener. I have not used it, but it seems simple enough and lets you use preset angles to sharpen a tool.
     
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    i've got a smith's field sharpener, very small, course peg, V's for course and fine (carbide and ceramic). weighs about 1.5 ounces and costs about 8 bucks. is it the best sharpener...no, but it works pretty well for the money and you don't feel bad when you drop it off a cliff...
     
  14. jtice

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    More great options here guys, thanks alot!
     
  15. LukeA

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    I have the 3 DMT diamond plates and a Smith's 3-in-1. I think the Smith's is more versatile. Using it, you can bring back a completely ruined edge pretty easily. The rods are a little coarser than I'd like, but they're fine enough for backpacking. Not sharp enough to shave with, but plenty sharp for everything else. The rods can sharpen serrated edges as well.
     
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    I picked up several sanding sticks from the hobby store. I think I have 200-800 grit, double sided. Think oversized emery boards. They weight nothing and work well for in the field touch-ups. I also have a little diamond sharpener that slides into an aluminum handle. It has a flat/round end and a tapered "cone" end. So it can be used to touch up serrations as well which is good.
     
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    DMT makes a good product. Just be mindful that diamonds cut fast.
     
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    The CrockStick gets my vote as well. It's pretty much a mini-Sharpmaker at one-quarter the cost.
     
  19. KFU Knives

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    I use an altoids tin kit that I have modified into a field sharpener. All my knives have been reprofiled to a convex edge so I glued a mouse pad on top of the tin and carry small pieces of sanpaper to fit. On the bottom of the tin I glued a thick piece of leather to strop with. In the field I rarely have to use anything other than the strop.