Pocket knifes are useful in many ways. In addition, it is important choose best folding knife as well. Apply right technique to sharpen a pocket knife by choosing a good sharpening stone.
Most of us carry a pocket knife with us. It helps us to cut necessary things whenever we require. Constant use of pocket knife makes the blade dull over a long time. You should know the ways of sharpening the knife in order to restore the utility.
There are few stone types you require to sharpen the knife. Depending upon the knife, you can either opt for sharpening with
• Ceramic stone
• Diamond stone
Whetstone- It is easy for use. This form of stone ranges from fine to coarse grit. Always soak the stone in cold water for 10 minutes before your start with the process.
Ceramic stone- If you choose ceramic stone soak it for 3 to 5 minutes in water. The stone sharpens the blade faster than whetstone. Ceramic stone has higher durability than whetstone.
Diamond stone- The forms of diamond stone are harder, fine and superfine. The stone is very porous and hard in nature. Diamond stone is a metal surface containing small pieces of diamond on it.
Steps of sharpening pocket knife with sharpening stone.
Choose right kind of whetstone to sharpen your pocket knife. The size of the stone should be 2 x 6 inches helping you to do the job in easy manner. You can choose any of the stones like ceramic stones, diamond stones or whetstone for sharpening the knife.
Lubricate the sharpening stone mineral oil. Lubricant prevents stone pores from clogging up with grit and fillings. It also reduces frictional heat when you rub knife on stone.
Identify the bevel angle of the blade to sharpen your knife.
Position the knife at suitable angle against the stone. Make the positing of knife with blade facing away from you at the current bevel angle against the whetstone during sharpening process.
After determining the bevel angle of blade, glide the knife on the surface of the stone. Repeat the process until sharp edges appear on blade. Carry this process for approximate 12 times.
Once the sharpening of one side of the blade is over, switch over to another side of the blade. Flip the knife and draw the blade across and off the whetstone taking care of bevel angle. Repeat this process for 6 to 8 times.
You should flip over the stone to ensure that the finer side is facing in upward direction. Run the blade maintaining a proper bevel angle along the finer side of the sharpening stone. This process will remove burs and bumps forming along the edge of the blade during sharpening of the knife.
After you finish step 7, follow the final step. Test the pocket knife for sharpness. Take a piece of paper and cut down the paper into stripes. A sharp knife will smoothly slide down through the paper. You can also check for any imperfection by holding the knife under a light and look for its reflection.
Follow these steps for easy sharpening of the pocket knife. Take the corrective action before you face any further trouble.