Electric Sharpeners work by utilizing a multi-step process. This process is designed to gradually hone your blade to a razor sharp edge. This type of sharpener utilizes a rotating sharpening stone design that allows you to simply slide your blade through the guides to sharpen it. I use my electric sharpener all the time. I like how quick and easy it is to use. If you have a large number of knives, you should consider an electric knife sharpener to keep your collection on point.
Handheld Sharpeners can be a great way to keep your blade razor sharp in the wild. The lightweight and compact design of this type of sharpener makes it extremely portable. This sharpener is a “must have” for any serious woodsman. I always bring my portable sharpener with me on any trip that requires me to carry all my gear to the location. Packing light is important when you are hiking deep into the forest and I can’t think of a better sharpening option in the wild.
Sharpening Stones come in a large variety of shapes, sizes, and materials.
Depending on the type of blade and bevel you have, you may need a very specific type of sharpening stone to bring your blade to its maximum potential. If you use the wrong stone on your knife, you can cause the edge to chip, so always make sure to research the material your knife is made from. The three most popular types of sharpening stones and their respective nicknames are listed below.
- Aluminum Oxide – Arkansas Stones
- Silicon Carbide – India Stones
- Novaculite – Crystolon Stones
Crystolon stones are used for coarse sharpening, whereas, India stones are designed for fine sharpening scenarios. Arkansas stones come in a variety of different grits.
The Best Knife Sharpening Kit – The Top 5
There are many different sharpeners available on the market today and lucky for you I just happen to be familiar with most of them. I put the top five best knife sharpening kits to the test, and here are the results.
Smith’s Abrasives 50591 Diamond/Arkansas Stones Precision Knife Sharpening System
Smith’s Abrasives 50591 Diamond/Arkansas Stones Precision Knife Sharpening System comes with a V-lock vise to keep your blade at the best angle during the entire sharpening process. I like how this kit utilizes 1″ stones and the honing solution produces excellent results. This kit is very easy to use and the carrying case fits easily into my backpack.
- V-lock Vise
- 4 Sharpening Angles
- Folding Angle Guides
This set gives you the ability to sharpen all types of knives and I find myself using it mostly for my serrated fixed blade tactical knife. I love the flexibility you get from this system, it makes sharpening faster and safer than my old kit.
Wicked Edge Field and Sport Pro
The Wicked Edge Field and Sport Pro kit includes 12 diamond stones and micro-adjustable ball joint guide rods. This gives you maximum control when you are sharpening. I am really digging the mounting channels design and the high-end materials used. The aircraft-grade aluminum and stainless steel construction add to the over durability of this kit.
- Carrying Case
- 12 Diamond Stones
- Micro-Adjustable Ball Joint Rods
- Aircraft-Grade Aluminum
- Stainless Steel
- Added Mounting Time
This top-of-the-line sharpening kit raises the bar in terms of quality and functionality. The clamping system is well designed so you can always keep your blade locked into place securely during the sharpening process. This ultra-portable sharpening kit is sure to impress. The quality of this product is superb and I would definitely recommend this kit to anyone serious about keeping their blades sharp.
Lansky Pro Kit with Serrated Hone, Safire Stone, Leather stropping Hone and pedestal mount
The Lansky Pro Kit includes everything you need to keep your blades razor sharp. This extremely portable sharpening kit delivers result comparable to high-end models. I bring this kit with me when I’m out on extended trips. I like the quality and you can’t beat the price point of this kit.
- Lansky Leather Hone
- Great Price Point
- 1 year Manufacturers Warranty
- Straight or Serrated Blades
- Carry case is Low Quality
Whenever you buy a sharpening kit at this price point, you are trading off some quality for affordability. This knife sharpening kit provides you with a plethora of sharpening stones to hone any blade in your collection. The carrying case is low quality but the overall quality of the kit makes this a smart buy for someone looking to get an excellent starter kit.
DMT (Diamond Machining Technology) Aligner Pro Kit
The DMT (Diamond Machining Technology) Aligner Pro Kit blends functionality with style. This compact knife sharpening kit uses superior diamond sharpening stones to keep your blade prepared to handle the rigorous outdoors. Manual diamond sharpening is the quickest and easiest way to sharpen your blade and I use this kit when I don’t have time to waste.
- Diamond Sharpening Stones
- Reduced Sharpening Time
- Durable Carrying Case
- Stone Handle Grips
You get the perfect guided strokes with this sharpening system. Your blades will be sharper and more accurate than ever before. I should also mention this kit comes in a rugged carrying case so you can take with you on your trips. I use mine all the time and it fits perfectly in my hunting pack. This is a great starter sharpening kit for anyone in the market for an affordable and quality knife sharpener.
KME Precision Knife Sharpener System with 4 Gold Series Diamond Hones – Model KF-D4
The KME Precision Knife Sharpener System uses spherical bearing rod guides to prevent any angle deviation in your blade. This arrangement allows you better control and a smoother sharpening experience. You have a wide range of angle adjustments as well, ranging from 17 – 30 degrees. This is a very portable knife sharpener that includes 4 diamond hones to keep you slicing with ease.
- Spherical Bearing Rod Guides
- 4 Gold Series Diamond Hones
- 1500 Extra-Fine Grit
- Rotating Blade Clamp
- Learning Curve
This is one of my favorite knife sharpening kits. The beautiful solid cherry wood really gives the kit an edge above the competition and the soft foam lining keeps everything organized perfectly in the hard plastic carrying case. If you are ready for a mid-level knife sharpener system, at a price you can’t deny, this is the best knife sharpening kit for you.
If you are like me, you have a lot of knives and keeping them all sharp is a choir. I reduced my workload and increased my cutting ability by utilizing these sharpening systems above. As always, the best knife sharper for you depends on your personal needs and the types of knife you intend to sharpen.
I hope this knife sharpener guide was helpful to you on your search and remember, there is no need to worry guys, I am here to keep you informed with all the up to date information on the newest and hottest outdoor and hunting gear. Make sure to check in soon to see what new and exciting review we will be covering in the future.