They always say that the best gun to have is the one you have with you, and that the same goes for tools and knives. Of course, if you have ever tried to repair a TV with a hammer, then you understand that the idiom has a limited application. And when it comes to knives, it doesn’t matter what you carry, whether a multi-tool or battle blade. If it isn’t sharp, it won’t do much good besides chipping ice for your drink. Having a sharp edge and keeping it that way is absolutely essential, and in the field, the pocket sharpener is king. Luckily, Smith’s Consumer Products has three tools that neatly fill the bill and offer some much needed wilderness survival extras to boot.

Pocket Pal X2
The Pocket Pal X2 Sharpener and Survival Tool comes with three different edge-restoring hones: coarse and fine pull-through slots and a tapered diamond rod. The pull-through slots are fixed angle, so there is no guesswork involved in getting a sharp edge. They easily sharpen both sides of your blade simultaneously with just a few pulls. The coarse slot has premium carbide blades and quickly removes metal for a quick edge on very dull or damaged knives. The fine slot has ceramic stones that hone the blade to razor sharpness and are ideal for touching up a blade that just needs a bit of extra bite. The ceramic stones also work well for serrated-edge blades. Smith’s extended the life of this tool by making the sharpening blades replaceable.

Read more in the November 2013 issue of Tactical Knives

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