10 Best Hunting Knife Sharpener

Updated on: December 2023

Best Hunting Knife Sharpener in 2023

Work Sharp Knife Sharpener, 6 W In.

Work Sharp Knife Sharpener, 6 W In.
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2023
  • COMPLETE KNIFE SHARPENER - field, home or shop use designed for sportsmen who need a complete, compact field sharpening solution. The diamond plates can be easily removed to expose a broad head wrench to speed sharpening in the field. Diamond plates can be attached with the abrasive exposed or flipped over during transport in your gear bag.
  • DIAMOND PLATES, CERAMIC RODS, LEATHER STROP, & SHARPENING GUIDES - provide a fast, easy & consistent sharpening solution for knives & camp tools. The ceramic honing rod rotates to expose coarse & fine honing surfaces, as well as a grooved surface for sharpening fish hooks. A second, small ceramic rod is used for sharpening serrations
  • CONSISTENT BLADE EDGE ANGLES - purpose built 20° angle guide for sharpening with the diamond plates, & 25° angle guide for honing a strong micro-bevel. Five abrasive steps provide a complete sharpening solution: coarse & fine diamond sharpening plates, coarse & fine ceramic hones, & a leather strop.
  • COMPACT & DURABLE - maintain your edge while out hunting, fishing, camping or anywhere you need a sharp edge. All elements are self-contained & require no tools, assembly, or set-up
  • PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN COMPANY - This tool was engineered and assembled by hard working Americans. Work Sharp is part of Darex, a 4th-generation family owned company in Ashland, Oregon. For over 40 years we have been creating industry-leading sharpening tools here in the USA.

Smith's PP1 Pocket Pal Multifunction Sharpener, Grey

Smith's PP1 Pocket Pal Multifunction Sharpener, Grey
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2023
  • Tapered Round Diamond Coated Rod for Sharpening Serrated and Standard Edges
  • Carbide Blades (Coarse CARBIDE Slot) Quickly Set Your Edge; Ceramic Stones (Fine CERAMIC slot) Give You a Razor Sharp Edge
  • Reversible and Replaceable Carbide and Ceramic Stones for Extended Sharpening
  • Lanyard hole for Carrying
  • Preset Sharpening Angles provide Guaranteed Results

Smith's 50264 Adjustable Manual Knife Sharpener

Smith's 50264 Adjustable Manual Knife Sharpener
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2023
  • Sharpens a wide variety of knives; Will quickly sharpen very dull or damaged blades
  • Two stage sharpening for standard knives (coarse and fine); Serrated blade sharpener (fixed angle)
  • Can be used to maintain the edge on knives that are already sharp
  • Easy adjust knob allows sharpening at a wide range of angles (14 degree/side to 24 degree/side)
  • Replaceable abrasive components; Soft grip handle; Non-slip rubber feet

Smith's 50185 Jiffy-Pro Handheld Sharpener

Smith's 50185 Jiffy-Pro Handheld Sharpener
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2023
  • Crafted from the highest quality materials
  • Built for performance and durability
  • Made in China

Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpener

Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpener
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2023
  • Sharpen every knife you own like a pro quickly, easily and with repeatable, consistent results. Creates the sharpest blades you've ever had!
  • Easily Replaceable Abrasive Grit Belts. Comes with premium abrasive belts to meet all your sharpening needs: Coarse (P80), Medium (P220) and Fine (6000). Abrasive belts won't burn or damage blade steel during sharpening.
  • Precision sharpening guides provide fast, easy, repeatable and consistent results. Kitchen Knife guide sharpens blades to a 40° angle – Outdoor Knife Guide sharpens to a 50° angle.
  • Can also be used to sharpen a wide range of bladed shop tools and lawn and garden tools such as Lawn Mower Blades, Garden Pruners, Shears, Shovels, Scrapers and more. Also makes the ideal hand held detail grinder
  • 1-year warranty – warranty only valid for North American 110v power source applications. Use of power converters for 220V not recommended. Can be run with 12V power inverter (min. 150 watt) from car, truck, RV, boat, etc.

SHARPAL 101N 6-In-1 Knife Sharpener & Survival Tool, Black and Orange

SHARPAL 101N 6-In-1 Knife Sharpener & Survival Tool, Black and Orange
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2023
  • Tungsten carbide blades for quick edge setting
  • Ceramic blades for fine honing
  • Tapered diamond rod (Medium 400 Grit) with grooves for serrations, gut hooks & fishhooks
  • Integrated with fire starter
  • High-pitched emergency whistle

Lansky PS-MED01 BladeMedic

Lansky PS-MED01 BladeMedic
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2023
  • Field repairs on all blades
  • Works with standard, serrated, gut hook, and fillet knives
  • Carbide, ceramic, and diamond sharpeners
  • 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

Lansky C-Sharp Hunting Knives Blade Sharpeners

Lansky C-Sharp Hunting Knives Blade Sharpeners
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2023
  • 4 sharpening angles (17º, 20º, 25º, and 30º)
  • 800 grit ceramic Bench stone for fine polishing and serrations
  • 600 grit medium ceramic pull-through slots
  • Durable metal casing
  • 100% compatible with all Lansky Controlled-Angle Systems & Turn Boxes

Smith's CCKS 2-Step Knife Sharpener

Smith's CCKS 2-Step Knife Sharpener
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2023
  • Two step knife sharpener
  • Category name: manual
  • Made in USA or imported

Whetstone Cutlery 20-10960 Knife Sharpening Stone-Dual Sided 400/1000 Grit Water Stone-Sharpener and Polishing Tool for Kitchen, Hunting and Pocket Knives or Blades by Whetstone

Whetstone Cutlery 20-10960 Knife Sharpening Stone-Dual Sided 400/1000 Grit Water Stone-Sharpener and Polishing Tool for Kitchen, Hunting and Pocket Knives or Blades by Whetstone
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2023
  • DUAL SIDED SHARPENING- Made from durable silicon carbide, this two-sided sharpening block comes with both a 400-grit side, used for returning edges to their original shape, and a 1000-grit side used for smoothing and polishing cutting edges.
  • WATER STONE- This stone is meant to be used with water, not oil. Simply soak stone for 5-10 minutes before use, and lubricate with additional water as needed when sharpening. No expensive honing oil needed!
  • MULTI USE TOOL- This whetstone can be used as a one-stop shop for any item you want sharpened and polished, including kitchen cutlery, scissors, hunting or pocket knives, blades, and razors. Also works for hatchets, axes, carving and gardening tools.
  • RESTORES SHARPNESS- After one use with this water stone, dull knives and battered blades will be restored to razor sharpness. Recondition all your tools with this kitchen or workshop essential.
  • Dimensions: 7” (L) x 2.25” (W) x 1.125” (H). Material: Green Silicon Carbide. Features include: 2-sided stone block, Dark Green: 400 Grit, Light Green: 1000 Grit.

How to Care for and Sharpen an Ax

Everyone who uses an ax should know how to sharpen and properly care for it. Proper sharpening will lessen the time it takes to chop wood, and proper lubrication and storage will help protect the metal blade.

How to Properly Sharpen an Ax

A brand-new ax right from the store isn't usually as sharp as it should be, so even if it's new, you should sharpen it before the first use. To properly sharpen the blade of an ax you'll require a vise and a medium-grade mill file. Although it seems a power grinder would make sharpening easier, never use a power grinder. A power grinder can damage the blade. A mill file will allow for better control while you sharpen the blade.

To sharpen the blade, begin by clamping the head of the ax with the edge facing up into a strong vise. Make sure the vise is securely clamped around the head of the blade. Place the medium-grade mill file flat against the blade while drawing it upwards toward the edge. Lift the file off the blade at the end of every stroke. The goal is to sharpen the blade into a convex shape while being careful not to taper the corners. The ax blade should slowly taper from a wide width down to a narrow sharpened edge. Complete the sharpening process on both sides of the blade. Look down the length of the blade to check for uniformity, and continue to sharpen the blade accordingly. After using the mill file, hone the ax blade, and sharpen it to perfection with a well-oiled round stone. Move the ax stone in a circular motion. The newly sharpened ax blade should be lubricated to complete the sharpening process.

Lubricating the Blade

Give your ax the care it requires to avoid rust. To prevent rust, the blade should be lubricated after you sharpen it, and after each use. Lubricate the blade using machine oil or rust inhibitor and fine cut steel wool. Use the steel wool as you would a rag to apply the lubrication. Provide your ax the care and lubrication it requires and it will remain dependable and reliable for years.

Replacing the Handle

It's not surprising that the handle would break after numerous hours of hard use. It's for this reason that an extra ax handle should be kept on hand in case it breaks. Don't continue to use an ax with a loose or split handle. It's easy to replace a broken handle or to re-wedge a loose one.

Remove the old handle by placing the head of the blade in a vise clamp. Saw off the broken handle near the head of the ax. The next step is to make holes in the remaining handle using a power drill. Carefully push out the old handle using an old wood chisel or screwdriver.

Take the head of the ax to the store when searching for a new handle, and make sure the new handle comes complete with a hardwood wedge. Don't make the mistake of buying the new handle too small. You can always sand down the new handle to properly fit the head. The new handle should fit tightly, even without the hardwood wedge. Finish installing the new ax handle by driving the hardwood wedge between the blade and the handle by pounding it in using a piece of scrap wood and a heavy mallet.

After the handle is securely in place, sand any unfinished or rough areas of the handle with fine-grade sandpaper. Use a cloth rag to apply a protective coating of linseed oil over the sanded surface.

How to Properly Store an Ax

Proper care is essential, and an ax should be sufficiently lubricated before storage. Store your ax in an area of low humidity, preferably in a leather ax sheath. Keep the ax blade in a leather sheath when not in use. When you properly sharpen, care for, and store your ax, it will last a lifetime, and you'll be able to pass it onto future generations.

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