Technically and professionally, it is recommended to sharpen a pocket knife with a sharpener. However, you may not prefer carrying a sharpening device with you, while going for an excursion such as hiking. In that case, you would like to employ an alternative way of sharpening that small but highly useful and versatile knife. Well, there are a few other ways to do so, without using a sharpener. Let us explore the easiest and affordable ones here.
2 Methods How To Sharpen A Pocket Knife Without A Sharpener
Using a Ceramic Coffee Mug
While going out, you might be carrying your own ordinary coffee mug. If not, do consider carrying it this time and, that too, of ceramic. Why so? This is because this mug can act as a natural sharpener of your pocket knife, perhaps because of the ceramic content in it.
For sharpening, just hold the mug upturned in one hand and your knife in another. Once upside-down, check out the mug’s bottom surface for spotting a slim circle of ceramic. This is because that is the sharpening area. Once found, positioned the blade’s base on that ceramic area at an angle of 20-30 degrees and securely pull it towards you by going against the grain. Repeat this action for four times by applying the same amount of pressure. Well, you are done with one side and it is now time to do the same with another side. When you are gliding, the carbon atoms are pushed into coalition due to which sharpness is gained. Now, come back to the first side and perform three passes on both sides followed by two and one. At the end, you get a fresh, sharpened blade. Just ensure that the blade of your knife is of metal only, as you can glide ceramic against ceramic for sharpness.
Using a Honing Rod
A honing rod also helps you to sharpen the blade without using a knife sharpener. It also helps in flattening surfaces, fixing small indentations or nicks, and realigning the knife’s metal. The rod also lessens the frequency at which you use a diamond stone or whetstone for sharpening, which tends to rip off the metal from the blade’s edge. This means it is ideal to use such a stone less for increasing the lifespan of your pocket knife and this is exactly what a honing rod ensures by not removing much metal from blade and yet honing it.
However, it is vital to comprehend that such a rod is not meant for sharpening a dull blade again. Rather, it is preferred for keeping the blade sharp until you use a knife sharpener for sharpening. It is quite simple to use the rod. All you have to do is hold it away at a relaxed angle and slide the blade across the rod’s top. Suggestively, you should slide from heel to tip.
However, just bear in mind that these alternatives are not for sharpening on a regular basis. You should consider them only while excursions and, that too, intermittently.