5 Best Pocket Knife Sharpener Options [2022]


Sometimes You Need A Sharpener On The Go. These Five Pocket Knife Sharpeners Are Everything You Could Want In A Mobile Sharpener.

Many knife sharpeners are designed exclusively for the kitchen. Whether handheld or electric, they’re made to be used on a countertop in the kitchen or in the home. But what about when you’re out and about and need to sharpen a knife.

Maybe your EDC took a beating while you were cutting up boxes as you cleaned your job site. Maybe your rough-and-tumble Bowie knife needs a little love after hacking through some brush while hiking. 

That’s where pocket knife sharpeners come in.

Small and easy to use, the best pocket knife sharpeners can fit anywhere and go anywhere. These are five that we’ve found can handle the tough task of sharpening your knives while also easily hiding away when not in use.

Lansky Quadsharp Knife Sharpener

Lansky Quadsharp
Lansky Quadsharp

What’s better than a knife sharpener with one sharpening option? How about a sharpener with five ways to sharpen. You read that right — five. 

The Lansky Quadsharp is a quintessential pocket knife sharpener. It is easily held in the palm of your hand, and its bright blue color helps it stand out if its buried in your work bag or in your hunting equipment.

The Quadsharp features four angled carbide slots to pull your knife through and a ceramic benchstone for more routine maintenance and honing. The slots each have a different angle (17, 20, 25, and 30 degrees) so you’ll be able to get the right angle for each of your knives. 

The carbide slots are meant to revive dull and damaged blades. The 800-grit ceramic benchstone is meant for more regular use and can sharpen both straight edge and serrated knives. The slots are only good for straight-edged blades. The ceramic is harder than steel so it will never wear out and can keep your knives sharp for decades to come. 

With an MSRP of $23.99, the Quadsharp swings way above its weight thanks to its small size, durability, and versatility.

Smith’s Pocket Pal X2 Sharpener & Outdoors Tool

Smith’s Pocket Pal X2 Sharpener & Outdoors Tool
Smith’s Pocket Pal X2 Sharpener & Outdoors Tool

Smith’s has made a product that not only sharpens but does a whole bunch more. The Pocket Pal X2 features a coarse carbide angled sharpening slot and a fine 1000-grit ceramic sharpening slot. It also features a fold-out diamond honing rod that is perfect for sharpening serrated knives, single-bevel knives, and gut hooks. 

The Pocket Pal X2 is so much more than just a sharpener. It comes with a compass and a built-in LED flashlight. There’s also a high-pitched signal whistle so you can call for help if in distress. And, what I think is the coolest part of the Pocket Pal X2, is the built-in fire starter. Use it by pulling it through the coarse sharpener to make a spark.

You can see all of the tool’s features in action in this video below.

Coming it at an MSRP of $17.99, the Pocket Pal X2 is a great pocket knife sharpener and all-around tool if you’re planning to do anything outdoors or to just keep in the car in case of an emergency.

AccuSharp Knife And Tool Sharpener

AccuSharp Knife And Tool Sharpener
AccuSharp Knife And Tool Sharpener

AccuSharp takes the concept of “grab and go” to a whole new level with their Knife and Tool Sharpener. Rather than pulling the knife through or across the sharpener, you pull the sharpener across the knife.

By using tungsten carbide blades, and a finger guard so you don’t slice your hand, AccuSharp has made a tool that subverts what you think a knife sharpener should look like. You can see how the tool works in AccuSharp’s own video below.

The most affordable sharpener on this list, with an MSRP of $10.99, AccuSharp’s Knife and Tool Sharpener can sharpen your kitchen knives, your EDC, and even the axe you keep in the shed.

Victorinox Dual Knife Sharpener

Victorinox Dual Knife Sharpener
Victorinox Dual Knife Sharpener

Shaped like a pen, the Victorinox Dual Knife Sharpener can sharpen and hone knives in a sleek, elegant package that can easily tuck away in a pocket or clip onto your belt line.

Opening one end reveals an angled pair of ceramic discs to pull across your blade to sharpen it. On the other end, there is a honing stone so you can polish and maintain the edge of your knives.

You can see how nimble and easy to use the sharpener is by watching this quick video below.

The sharpener is so compact and light, coming in at just 1.4 ounces in weight, that there’s no place it can’t go. From the same company that makes the iconic Swiss Army Knife, you can trust that the Dual Knife Sharpener, with an MSRP of $19, will be sharpening your knives for years to come.

WorkSharp Guided Field Sharpener

WorkSharp Guided Field Sharpener
WorkSharp Guided Field Sharpener

From one of the top companies for all things knives, comes a sharpener that is made for you to take into the field, keep in the shop, or use at home. This sharpener from WorkSharp can sharpen straight-edge knives, serrated knives, and fish hooks. 

Utilizing five stages of sharpening and honing, the Guided Field Sharpener is as dynamic as they come. Features include 20-degree angle guides of 320 and 600-grit diamond to sharpen your knives and the pair of a fine ceramic rod and leather strop to polish and hone your edges. 

You can even remove the diamond sharpening plates to get access to the storage cavity and broadhead wrench inside of the device. There’s also a small hole in the casing so you can attach the sharpener to a lanyard or strap.

WorkSharp made this in-depth video showing off all the sharpener’s features and how to sharpen different blades with it. 

With an MSRP of $34.95, you are getting an absolute steal of a sharpener. Packed with features, and tough enough to last for years, WorkSharp once again has made a sharpener that stands out from the pack.

Editor’s Note: This article was written by Mike Ableson.

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