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Qualities of a good pocket knife sharpener


Every chef or cook, in both commercial and residential places, always prefers having the best pocket knife sharpener alongside during his daily activities. A blunt or dull knife in the kitchen is always a disaster to one who is preparing a meal in the kitchen. This is because one will be required to apply a lot of pressure to have things that they want cut, exposing one to the danger of slipping and cutting oneself in the process. This also leads to wastage of time as it takes longer to complete a small task.

Types of pocket knife sharpeners

  • Sharpening stones; are rectangular in shape. They are small in size and hence, are easily portable. They have two surfaces i.e. a coarse grit side that is rough and a fine grit side that is smooth.
  • Sharpening rods; are made of steel and as the name suggests they are rod shaped. They have both a fine side and a rough side usually around 10-12 cms long. These are preferred by game hunters and people who do fishing.
  • Pull through sharpening models; they are made of ceramic rods, are set at angles and fit into a base.  They are easier to use and can be used in both straight and serrated blades and work better on short knives. They are a bit expensive but save lots of time and are energy saving too.
  • A slotted system sharpener; is a manual system that uses metal strips laced together that act as wheels or fingers. These form a v shape through which the knife is drawn, but it’s only used in straight blades.

The qualities include;

  • Portability; they should be small in size compared with electric sharpening machines. They can be carried to any place with great ease, hence allowing regular sharpening when the need arises. They are also ideal during outdoor activities, such as, hunting and fishing as they can easily fit in the pocket or bag.
  • Easy holding; since they are small, they can easily be used in the kitchen for quick sharpening and thus, storage is also easy.
  • Durability; most of them are usually made from diamond and ceramic rods, thus providing them with long durability and required quality
  • Safety; this is highly regarded to avoid instances of injury. The type of safety measure to be used depends on the type of sharpener one is using. It is advisable to use the one that has a plastic handle for proper grasping of the sharpening tool. It is also advisable to wear protective gear such as gloves and goggles for the eyes to prevent the tiny metal particles from entering the eye.
  • Easy to use; the use of such an appliance should be easy and one should not have to struggle while using it. One should be able to use it with one hand with a flat base for stability.
  • Broad base; this allows the sharpener to sit well on the surface. This offers a provision of stability required during the whole process. This reduces chances of the sharpener slipping from the surface to cause unnecessary injuries.
Added On: 2015-08-06
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