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There may be better sharpeners out there, but I'm not looking any further.
on October 22, 2006
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.