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Smith's PP1 Pocket Pal Multifunction Sharpener

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  • Pre-set carbides sharpen very dull edges quickly.
  • Specialy shaped ceramic slot to finish edges and sharpen serrated blades.
  • Tapered diamond rod for sharpening serrated and standard edges.
  • Very compact and lightweight.
  • Lanyard hole for carrying.
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Product Information

Size: 1-ct
Technical Details
Part Number 3PP1
Item Weight0.3 ounces
Product Dimensions3.5 x 1 inches
Item model numberPP1
Size1-ct
Item Package Quantity1
  
Additional Information
ASINB000O8OTNC
Best Sellers Rank #33 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableSeptember 9, 2006
  
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Product Description

Size: 1-ct

Product Description

ATTRIBUTES Grit: Coarse/Medium Material: Carbide Ceramic & Diamond  Special Features: Tapered Diamond Rod For Sharpening Serrated and Straight Edges Carbide Blades Quickly Set Your Edge Ceramic Stones Give You A Razor Sharp Edge Reversible and Replaceable Carbide Blades and Ceramic Stones Lanyard Hole Type: Hand Held

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Sleek and slim, Smith's Pocket Pal multi-functional knife sharpener is ideal for backpackers, hikers, hunters, and fishermen who want to ensure their blades have the sharpest edge wherever they roam.

PP1 main
Fold-out diamond-coated rod (view larger).

 

PP1 serrated
Great for sharpening serrated blades (view larger).
At a Glance
Smith's PP1 Pocket Pal Multifunction Sharpener
At a Glance:
  • Slim, lightweight, easily pocketable knife sharpener

  • Diamond-coated rod for serrated and standard edges

  • Carbide blades quickly set your edge

  • Ceramic stones give you a razor sharp edge

  • Preset sharpening angles for guaranteed results

  • Lanyard hole for carrying
At a Glance

The Pocket Pal features a fold out, tapered round diamond-coated rod for sharpening serrated and standard edges, pre-set carbide blades for quickly restoring a dull edge, and specially shaped ceramic stones for a razor-sharp finish. The carbide blades and ceramic stones are reversible and replaceable for extended sharpening life.

The Pocket Pal measures just 3-1/2 inches long and 1 inch wide, and it weighs just 1 ounce. An integrated lanyard hole makes for easy carrying. Always clean your sharpener with a damp cloth after use and towel dry. Do not rinse with water.

Carbide Blades: Set the Edge

The carbide blades provide quick edge setting capability for dull or damaged knives. These blades are designed for use on straight edges only, and are reversible and replaceable.

Ceramic Stones: Finish the Edge

Ceramic stones provide a smooth, polished edge for already sharp knives and can be used on serrated or standard blades. They're also reversible and replaceable.

Abrasive

  • Tapered Round Rod / Medium Diamond: 400 grit
  • Pull-Through / Coarse Ceramic: 600 grit

How to Use the Pocket Pal

Sharpening Slots
  1. Insert knife blade into the V-shaped slots at a 90-degree angle to the sharpening blades or stones.
  2. Pull the knife blade straight back towards you while applying light pressure.
  3. Repeat this action until blade is sharp.
Tapered Diamond Rod: Flat Edges
  1. Always hold the unit with the rod facing down. Place heel of the blade on the diamond rod closest to the unit.
  2. Hold blade at a 23-degree angle to the rod.
  3. While applying light pressure, push the knife away from you towards the end of the rod. Draw knife down so that the tip of the blade comes off the end of the rod. Repeat this action until blade is sharp.
  4. For the other side of the blade, you will need to switch hands holding the sharpener and the knife and repeat steps 1 through 3.
Tapered Diamond Rod: Serrated Edges
  1. Only sharpen the side of your knife edge with the serrations.
  2. Hold rod at 23-degree angle to the blade and move it back and forth through each serration until sharp.

What's in the Box

Pocket Pal multi-functional knife sharpener

PP1 straight
Specially shaped ceramic stones for a razor sharp edge (view larger).

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Its small compact size lets you carry it in your pocket or EDC bag.
Amazon Customer
Has the carbide sharpener to help clean up nicks on a blade and the ceramic sharpener for fine sharpening, plus the diamond bar for serrated edges.
baronetta
This will put a nice edge on a knife, not razor sharp but not far from it.
S. Ross

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

463 of 489 people found the following review helpful By Douglas M. Anderson on March 30, 2009
Size Name: 1-ct
Are there "better" sharpeners on the market? Probubly. But as an all around sharpener (I have several styles by several different manufacturers) this little gem is hands down THE BEST! Otherwise I would not have spent a week tracking this one down on the internet after all my local suppliers were "out of stock" or had moved on to more expensive less useful models. The thing folds up and goes in my pocket, it also has a handy hole for a lanyard which my new one is on. It does a great job on my chefs knives, my hunting knife and my serrated kives as well. It's easy for my big fingers to hold on to and steady on the edge of the counter when I am sharpening. I bought an extra one to put away in case this one gets "lost" or I give mine away to a friend. (In case you can't tell I really like it and would buy another one in a minute flat!)
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311 of 333 people found the following review helpful By C. Zacharias on June 16, 2009
Size Name: 1-ct
I have been sharpening my own knives for years using the Gatco system. Normally I wouldn't trust my knives to anything but me and my Gatco. However, I do tend to spend a lot of time out in the woods and having a portable knife sharpener is an important part of my gear.

I was initially very hesitant to try this style of sharpener since the sharpening angle is fixed and not determined by me. Having now used the Smith's sharpener on several of my hunting and camping knives, I am recommending it to all my friends and have even purchased one for my hunting partner.

Great product, and I would buy it even at twice the price.
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308 of 331 people found the following review helpful By A. Cruz on December 30, 2008
Size Name: 1-ct
This is a great sharpener it makes knives super sharp but not quite razor sharp it is much better than Smith's Abrasives 2 Step Knife Sharpener, that sharpener gets knives just as sharp as it has the same angles to the ceramic part of the sharpener; but that uses rods which get loose and end up rolling as you draw your knife through it and don't sharpen your knife. Also this is easier to get a blade into the ceramic sharpening part. This also includes a serrated knife sharpener, and this works well but i can't say much for it as it is the first serrated knife sharpener i have ever used.

i recommend pulling the blade through the carbide part 10 times using semi heavy to medium force, the using the ceramic part about 10 times using medium force then lighting up to about as light as you can get by the 10th stroke
skip the carbide part if your knife is already adequately sharp, only use the carbide part if your knife i dull or damaged as it takes off a lot of steel
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107 of 115 people found the following review helpful By SteveG on May 7, 2011
Size Name: 1-ct
This sharpener is a wonderful tool if used properly. There is surperb feedback from the edge as you sharpen it. I avoid the carbide unless the edge is damaged and I can't get to my sharpening stones. The carbide blades are aggressive I really only use them with a light touch to remove a nick or burr if I did something stupid and damaged the edge. Remember, unless YOU make a mistake and damage the edge, you should never get a burr or nick in your blade. Still it's good to have the carbide if it's needed. The ceramic I use in the morning, before I use the knife, to touch up the edge. Several passes with a light touch is all that's needed. Occasionally I touch it up during the day if I feel the blade dragging a bit.

It is possible to damage a blade with this (or any other) sharpener. Operator error, not the tool, would be the issue there. Uneven pressure, too heavy a pressure or too much haste are the main culprits causing trouble. This is a lightweight, small tool, it is best used with finesse. it is far better suited to several light, controlled strokes rather than a heavy handed mauling of your edge.

Also note that the grind angle is fixed at a fairly shallow angle that is not the best for fine edges. This is a utility grind angle. An angle best suited to field knives, kitchen choppers and general kitchen utility blades. With gentle use the ceramic can be use on fine edges, but a steeper angled tool would do a better job. Still, I do use the ceramic sharpening notch to touch up my kitchen knives and it does a decent job.

I've carried one of these ever since I first found them. I own several and have had a few "begged away" by friends. I've used it extensively. I've never damaged an edge or created a wavy, uneven edge.
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305 of 343 people found the following review helpful By D. Palm on May 21, 2010
Size Name: 1-ct
Good sharpener but with caveats.

Positives: small size, carbide cutters are very effective at removing metal, ease of use (no special techniques)

Negatives: small contact point on the blade (see below, not very stable if much pressure is applied

Due to the small contact point with the blade, pressure is directed onto a very small portion of the blade. This pressure will vary as you slide the blade through the sharpener (either as a result of nicks in the blade or human error/ inability to maintain perfect pressure). As a result you will end up with a slightly wavy edge to knife. Over time this waviness will likely be exaggerated.

I would say this sharpener is okay for a "quick and dirty" field sharpening of a camping or pocket knife, but I would not use it on fine blade steel or good kitchen knives.

Cheers.
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