In this article, we will name our Pocket sharpening stones available in 2020 at varying price ranges to help you decide on the best sharpener for you. The vast range that can be quite overwhelming, particularly for the beginner knife sharpener. So let’s begin.
Why choose a sharpening stone?
Pocket sharpening stones have been used for millennia by cultures around the world to keep their blade edges sharp. Originally consisting of fine stone, sharpening stones are now primarily synthetic to give a more consistent and even grit texture. Even though there are many alternative sharpening systems now available on the market, very few compete with the high-quality level of sharpness that traditional sharpeners still give. For this reason, many professionals from top chefs to outdoors-men such as Ray Mears still prefer to sharpen their blades the traditional way, despite taking longer to learn and master. Once you can sharpen a knife with a sharpening stone, you can use any other type sharpener as you would’ve have mastered the fundamental basics to any sharp blade.
All sharpening stones, regardless of make or quality, have to be used in conjunction with sharpening oil. This prevents the micropores from clogging up and improves the lifespan on the sharpener and its performance.
#1: Lansky Dual Grit Sharpener
This great little knife sharpener earned a place on our Top 5 list thanks to its portability. It falls into the ‘fieldstone’ category of sharpeners thanks to its small size(pocket sharpening stones). This means it is ideal for using out in the field when most other sharpeners are too bulky and heavy to carry around. It uses the reliable duel grit system where it has both fine and coarse grit options. Lansky is an iconic knife sharpener brand and so with buying this product you are also buying years of experience and reliability from Lansky.
This tool is perfect for those who are out camping, hiking and travelling and need an excellent sharpening stone that is super cheap and will sharpen anything from small pocket knives to axes and machetes. It is ideal for maintaining knives in the field until the can be serviced home with a better quality knife sharpener.
#2: Premium Knife Sharpening Stone with Dual Whetstone
This is our favourite pocket sharpening stones. This brilliant product has the standard, 2-grit (800 and 3000) design. The feature that puts this sharpener ahead of its competitors is its patented dual-base design. This enables the user to angle the sharpening stone at 15 degrees, ideal for a variety of applications – including Japanese knives. This feature, with the flat base option, means that it is ideal for both beginners and pros alike. The base is also non-slip, ensuring optimum safety for the user.
The relatively large stone (8.2″ x 2.8″ x 1.5″) lets you sharpen virtually any type of blade, making it ideal for ALL types of knives (kitchen, pocket, EDC, tactical, hunting, etc), axes, scissors, chisels and garden tools.
Included in this premium bundle is a cleaning/lapping stone. This removes debris that collects in the micropores of the stone which improves its lifespan and effectiveness. The whole product fits into a neat little storage container that comes with the purchase.
With a 60-day, money-back guarantee – nothing can beat this sharpening stone, earning its spot at #1 on our list.
#3: Smith’s TRI-6 Arkansas TRI-HONE Sharpening Stones System
This has to be one of the best knife sharpening systems in its price range. The unique feature of this sharpening stone is the three different grit grades: coarse, medium and fine. The huge benefit is that it gives the user more versatility when sharpening their knives. For example, if the blade to be sharpened has completely dulled over time, you would start at the coarse grade and move up to the finest until you have a mirrored finish on your knife edge. Otherwise, knives that only need maintenance to sharpen only require the medium or even fine stone.
The unique design of this product enables the user to easily and quickly flip the tool to expose the correct grit facing up. The sturdy base which the stone slots into means that it won’t move around whilst in use, thus avoiding making mistakes and most importantly, ensuring optimum safety. Due to the stone length, this sharpener is best suited for small to medium-sized blades, and will easily accommodate most types of kitchen knives too.
This knife sharpener is perfect for people who are looking for a versatile, sturdy stone sharpener that won’t break the bank but will provide an edge that’s sharp and trustworthy.
#4: Smith’s SK2 2-Stone Sharpening Kit
This is a great beginner sharpening stone kit for anyone wanting to learn the art of sharpening knives. It includes two stones (medium and fine Arkansas) that measure 5″ x 1.6″ x 0.4″. It also includes a premium honing oil solution that protects and cleans the knife sharpener.
This little sharpener is just that, so don’t go try to sharpen large knives or axes. However, it is perfect for smaller blades such as pocket knives, small chisels, razors, most kitchen knives, folding knives, etc.
In this little kit is a sharpening guide. As the name implies, this guides beginner knife sharpeners to the best angle needed to sharpen a knife. As a beginner, we would not recommend purchasing a sharpening stone with a guide such as this.
Also included with the set is a sturdy base that holds the stone whilst you’re using it. This is another important accessory to any sharpening stone, as loose sharpening stones can result in an injury of the user.
For its price, we highly recommend this knife sharpener for anyone who is starting out with knife sharpening – a great stepping ‘stone’ into this satisfying hobby.
#5: Poseidon Stones Professional Knife Sharpener
This is a quality knife sharpening stone that is iconic in design and style. The duel grit system features two different grits ( 1000 and 4000) on each side of the stone. The stone is easily flipped and replaced into its sturdy bamboo frame holder. The secure stone holder ensures minimum injury risk by the user, an important factor to take into account when choosing a sharpening stone. Loose sharpening stones are prone to move around when in use which risks both damages to the knife and user.
A great and unique feature of this product is the sharpening guide. This little device helps you to produce a sharp edge at a consistent angle, which is well known to be the biggest obstacle with sharpening stones.
This sharpening stone will last you a long time and is guaranteed to not disappoint. The aluminium oxide content is durable and strong, limiting the risk of breakage like seen in many other sharpening stones on the market.