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- Diamon Tapered Rod-For Fast Reconditioning And Maintenance
- Tungsten Carbide-Three Or Four Strokes Will Restore Your Blade
- Ceramic Sharpening Rods-Polist To A Finished Edge In Three Or Four Strokes
- Serrated Knife Sharpener-Designed To Get Inside Even The Smallest Serrations
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The Blademedic Knife Sharpener is the first Responder for Field Repairs on all types of Knife Blades. It’s like having an entire Sharpening Kit right in your Pocket-Able to tackle Regular or Serrated Blades, Gut Hooks, Hunting, Fishing, just about any Knife.
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The Lansky is also longer, which means that its tapered diamond rod is longer as well - a good thing. As with the Smith, the tapered diamond rod can be pulled from its stay and rotated 180 degrees to a locked open position for use as a diamond file (sharpening hard to reach items, serrations, etc.). The Lansky rod's longer length gives advantage in use.
The Lansky's length afforded mounting an almost 2 inch length of exposed ceramic bar on angle to the sharpener body. This ceramic bar has a rounded-point cross section to engage and sharpen most serrated edge scallops; of course it can be used as a ceramic rod to fine-sharpen any edge as well. I've done both with good result.
The Lansky, like the Smith, also includes "Vee" sharpening notches of carbide (for edge repair or sharpening a rough-use edged knife) and of ceramic (for easy fine sharpening to a good edge). These Vee's are set at 40 degrees compound, which means the sharpening surfaces are at 20 degrees from the center line of the Vee; this is standard for a sharp, yet strong edge. Not all knives have secondary grinds of 20 degrees, however. You may be blunting a knife with a super fine bevel of 15 degrees, or only grinding away at the bevel shoulder of a "hard use" knife with bevel of 25 degrees.
Caution using these Vee's - the body is metal versus the Smith's plastic, so take care not to press downward strongly when using a Vee; these are meant to be drawn through, not sawn through.
All in all, The Lansky Blade Medic is a more useful field sharpener than the Smith Pocket Pal, and would serve well; but it would likely ride in pack or kit, not in pocket due to weight and size (as would the Smith, too, for that matter). The difference between them is weight versus increased usefulness; this is a user preference. I've given the Lansky 4 stars only due to its weight (I'd give the Smith 4, too, due to its lack of a sharpening bar surface).
The knives I've sharpened include ESEE4, Benchmade Fixed and Folding, Spyderco Temperance and Bushcrafter, Condor Kephardt, Cold Steel Magnum Kukri and my camp favorite the Blind Horse Knives Camp Muk. There are also several others I can't recall. I mention this because each of these tools has slightly different edge angles. Since the user can't change the inherent angle of these sharpeners it's helpful to know they are both pretty flexible with various blades and their geometry. I can say I did not like the edge either gave to decent kitchen knives. These knives are usually full flat grind with an angle of 15 degrees or less...not a good marriage with this type of sharpener.
At the end of the day the Lansky is the superior product. The metal construction gives the user confidence, the 20 to 22 degree of the Lansky is the most common angle I've found for field use knives, the Diamond rod is small but adequate for touch ups and the magnetized hold open or closed feature for that rod is a bonus. The Lansky also includes a very handy ceramic rod for serrated edges (this really is an underrated feature) which the Smith product does not have at all. I like that both Lansky and Smith thought to put a good sized hole to add a safety orange lanyard. Since both are basically all black finish it just makes easier to find on the woods floor after you drop. Both have a hole large enough to use 550 Paracord. It's probably just the one Smith I have but it's fair to mention it had a small burr at the lanyard hole that would catch the cord. Yes, I used the rod on the Lansky to smooth it out LOL.
Couple of general notes. Neither one of these is going to give you a hair shaving edge. I count on a few quality wetstones and leather strop if/when I need that. However, no one is going to carry around that weight when doing the day to day. When field processing I just give the blade 5-10 pull thru's between animals (I'm basing this on Whitetail and Hog sized game). Doing this, both provide an excellent "field" quality edge for quartering and skinning. If I were caping the head/neck region I would want a finer edge than either is capable of. Always add a dab of oil to the sharpener before and during use. This is really important to carry away the tiny bit of steel that comes off while pull sharpening your tool and will double the quality of your edge. Always put the sharpener on a log/piece of wood/cardboard etc. By design when you pull the knife thru and it clears the sharpener it's going to come down hard on whatever your sharpener is resting on. Why make work for yourself...put something down to protect the blade.
Soooo, IMHO overall the Lansky wins. In my typical use however I'm not counting down the very last gram of weight. For good reason this is important to a lot of folks spending time trekking. If that is a consideration I would lean to the Smith and be happy.
Hope this helps... Best