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How to Make Pocket Knives Razor Sharp

By William McCoy
A pocket knife can be kept sharp with a wet stone.
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A pocket knife is a helpful and handy tool to carry at all times. Thanks to its versatility, it can be used for a seemingly endless list of minor tasks around the home, outdoors and in vehicles. Keeping the knife’s blade as sharp as possible helps make the knife effective. A blade should be sharpened on a regular basis as well as after use in an application that stains, scratches or dents it.

Determine the angle of the blade by holding it against a sharpening gauge. Sharpening gauges are available at hardware stores and printable versions can be found online. The gauge will help you identify the angle of your blade, as it is important to keep that angle consistent during sharpening.

Dab some water on the surface of the sharpening wet stone, and rub it in with a rag. The stone works most effectively when it is wet.

Place your stone on a solid surface or in a workshop vise if you have one.

Sharpen the blade by dragging it slowly and steadily toward you along the wet stone. Repeat this process several times, adding water to the stone if necessary, until the blade edge appears sharp and shiny.

Sharpen the other side of the blade using the same method with the wet stone.

Rub the blade of the knife along a sharpening steel to hone the edges. This step will remove any burrs that were created by the stone.

Dry the blade of the knife with a rag and test it by cutting paper or another material. It should be noticeably sharper.


Things You Will Need

  • Sharpening gauge
  • Sharpening wet stone
  • Water
  • Rag
  • Sharpening steel

About the Author


Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as sports, nutrition and health. He serves as the Studio's sports and recreation section expert. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.