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117 of 123 people found the following review helpful
There are many blade sharpener systems on the market; and you can spend a pretty penny auditioning and finding the one that suits your needs. There are carbide sharpeners, Arkansas wet stones, oilstones, butcher's steels, ceramic rod systems, sharpening sticks, and even motorized sharpeners.

Believe me, the DMT Diamond Diafold Fine/Coarse Hone Two Sided Knife Sharpener is the most effective and versatile blade sharpener of them all. It is the best I have ever used--in camp, in the kitchen, or in the workshop. I'm completely happy with mine.

I've been sharpening tools for decades, and the most frustrating thing about hand-sharpening is how long it takes to get a good edge. In my sons' Scout Troop, we have many tools to sharpen -axes, hatchets, kitchen knives, woodcarving gouges, pocket knives--- and we have to do it often. The thing the boys love best about my Diafold is at how quickly and easily it can take a dull edge and make it keen. Our scoutmaster didn't believe me when I said I could sharpen a dull axe head in minutes. After five minutes with the Diafold, wood chopping was a breeze.

I like its design--the surface is plenty long at 4 inches and about an inch wide, and the Diafold's cover folds back to form a handle, making it about 8 inches long when in use. You can draw it across the blade like an axe, or draw the blade across it like a knife. It is versatile enough to use on the smallest pen knife or a large splitting maul. Heck, you could probably make quick work on a lawnmower blade if you were so inclined.

Diamond dust is integrated into its sharpening surface (rather than an encrusted top layer), so there's diamond all the way through. I've had mine for a couple of years now, and although it's plenty-worn, it hasn't slowed down. Someone always wants to use it.

Yeah, it's pricey at $25 to $35... But you get what you pay for. And if you shop around, you'll find lower prices. But make sure it's a DMT Diafold. You won't be sorry, and you'll stop looking for the ideal blade sharpener.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2006
This product is great...easy to store, easy to use, very portable...the cover is built in. Due to the high quality diamond surface it sharpens much faster than a regular sharpener, it doesn't require any additional oils(just water if you want to), just rinse off the polka dot pattern of what's left from sharpening and you're done. It's handy to have around the house to do a 'quick few strokes' to sharpen whatever tool you happen to be using. The sharpener has 2 grits built in. I like that it's made in the US.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
This is not for basic sharpening, it is too fine for that task. But once you have put an edge to a blade this polishes it to razor sharpness. This used after the more general DMT coarse/fine sharpener DMT FWFC Double Sided Diafold Sharpener Fine / Coarse will make your knives ready to shave your face. Hint: Fold a piece of paper twice from the corner (like a paper airplane, 90,45,22.5 degrees) to get the correct 22 1/5 degree sharpening angle for your knives.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2010
I really have little to add to all the five-star reviews. This is the best diamond sharpener I've ever used. I use it routinely to sharpen everything, including my Swiss Army knife, kitchen knives, axes... Practical, pocket-sized, long-lasting, and the perfect combination Fine/Coarse grits. I don't really think most people will need the model with the Extra-Fine grit; just use the Fine grit with very light pressure and you'll get a polished, razor-sharp blade - unless you're a chef and require perfect finishing on your knives.

The only additional recommendation I would make is, if you are not very experienced at constantly keeping the correct angle when sharpening a knife, get also the DMT AM Angle Mate Accessory. This is a magnetic angle guide that grips the diamond surface and provides the sharpening angle recommended by DMT and appropriate for most knives, at 20 degrees. For me this is an essential accessory, as the sharpening process is MUCH faster and more precise when you maintain the proper angle, and I find that almost impossible without the guide.

Thanks for reading - hope this helps!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2010
Now i know that the word "razor sharp" is used VERY loosely in the knife industry, but i guarantee that this will get your knife sharp as a damn razor, like shave your face razor sharp. As the other guy said though, its got to have a defined edge already, cause this is just so fine that it would take FOREVER to put an edge back on a knife, and like him i recommend the Coarse/Fine Diafold, or even a coarse bench stone if its really dull. But once this thing has an edge that it can get on, it turns that thing into a [...]mirror. Its a great piece of equipment, and if your an outdoors man and tired of a dull knife, get this and you troubles are over. I myself know its very difficult to skin something with a dull knife, and this solves that right quick and in a hurry. All in all, a great buy and most definitely worth the money.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2007
Love this product. Have been using it for a about 6 month now. It works fast and I was able to get the feel for sharpening my henkel and wusthof kitchen knives. I even bring this with me when I go over to my relatives. They love their knives when I am done with them. Takes a little getting used to sharpening by hand, but once you do there is no turning back. I now keep all my knives razor sharp. Two different grades of the stone are fantastic. I would definitely recommend this product.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2011
....and four is better than two. I purchased both the course/fine and the extra fine/extra extra fine. I recommend that combination for virtually any sharpening job.

These compact sharpeners have handled knives, chisels, drill bits, hatchets, scissors, garden pruners, and tin snips without a hitch.

The sharpeners store in their own handles, require only water (or nothing at all), and 'clean up' with water as well. A terrific little sharpening tool that I use constantly.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2010
I want to keep it short and sweet. I am deployed in the middle east we are using our fixed blade and folding knifes like crazy, this sharpener is what we now rely on.

I have had it for just under a week, I have sharpened over 12 blades they all come out great and less than 5 minutes maybe up to 10 depending on the condition of the blade.

I am buying the fine extra fine sharpener today in fact to get a better edge.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 8, 2012
Someone said it above that this hone isn't for your average Joe or even the average sharpening buff. It's far too fine for that. I tend to top my regular pocket knives off at 1200 grit which is where this hone starts out. Where I found this thing really excels is as a travel straight razor hone. With it I can rehone any of my razors with a few passes and some quick stropping on card board. I even managed to get a cheapy ($2.00) razor to shave this way though it's edge didn't last long. It would also be great for quick maintenance on wood working tools I imagine. So if you're just looking for a good hone to get for daily type usage I would recommend the coarse/fine or the fine/extra fine hone. This thing is damned glorious for what I use it for though but those needs might not fit in with the average user.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2009
The coarse side really gets blades back into form. I use this differently than most as I grip the handle with the sharpening part point down at an angle I want to sharpen and then brace the bottom part. Then I just go straight up and down with the knife. The fine side gets knives to a nice sharp point, but often I find the coarse is good enough for most purposes and leaves some 'bite' to the blade. If you need help keeping an angle, they make a magnetic angle guide. Just a really versatile sharpener. One complaint that is easily rectified...I kept forgetting which was coarse...blue or red. I just used a sharpie to mark it on the handle.
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