Smith's Pocket Pal Knife Sharpener

A clever sharpener that features reversible, replaceable carbide blades and 600-grit ceramic stones

Smith's Pocket Pal Knife Sharpener

Smith's Pocket Pal Knife Sharpener



For the past several years I've used a Tormek to sharpen my knives, and waterstones for honing. Generally, I try to remember to hone my knives whenever I set up my waterstone kit to work my blades or chisels - though usually I remember about the knives just after I've put the kit away. And of course, I often notice how dull they are when I want to use them outside the shop, without access to my sharpening gear. So I was quite pleased to try out the Smith Pocket Pal Knife Sharpener (PP1).
 
The PP1 fits unobtrusively in your pocket, or you can attach it to you belt via a lanyard hole. The casing is made of a high impact ABS plastic, and it has three sharpening options: two reversible and replaceable V-shaped sharpening slots, one with XXX-grit carbide blades (for dull blades) and the other with 600-grit ceramic stones (for honing); and a 2" fold-out tapered 400-grit diamond coated rod.


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Replaceable carbide and ceramic inserts 
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Diamond coated rod cuts quickly
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You use straight edged knives on the the carbide slot, and straight edged or serrated knives on the ceramic slot or the diamond rod. Using the PP1 is straightforward. For knives that are quite dull, I got the best result using the carbide slot first and then following up with the ceramic slot.
 
Depending on how dull the knife is, you might have to make a couple of dozen passes on the carbide blades before moving onto the ceramic stones. Knives that aren't overly dull might just need a couple of passes over the ceramic stones. The diamond coated rod cuts very aggressively, so I've kept it away from my knife blades.
 

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KEY FEATURES:

  • 7/16" x 1-1/16" x 3-1/8"
  • Reversible, replaceable carbide blades and 600-grit ceramic stones
  • Fold-out tapered 400-grit diamond coated rod
  • Durable plastic body
  • Lanyard hole

MANUFACTURER:Smith Abrasives Inc.
AVAILABLE FROM:Dealer list or purchase online
RETAIL PRICE:$9.99
MODEL #:PP1
MADE IN:USA

Author: 
Carl Duguay
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