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Five Best Camping Knife Sharpeners – Your Best Buddy Along with Your Camping Knife

Updated on September 25, 2010

Before you set off for the great outdoors, check your camping gear. Tent? Check. Camping flashlight? Check. Camping stove? Check. Camping food? Check. How about your camping tools? With tasks such as cutting firewood and setting up the camp tent, you’re never really fully equipped without a sharp blade in your pack. And to be much more prepared, you’ve got to have some backup; you’ve got to have something to maintain that sharpness.

No matter how sharp a knife is, like all things, it will get old and dull too. Well, no wonder these things often get compared to us people. You’re not so sharp, you’re almost no good with everything. Since a sharp camping knife is one of the things you need to bring on a camping trip, you also need to bring a knife sharpener to be really prepared. Dull knives make cutting harder, longer and dangerous. You could get hurt trying to cut something with a dull knife. To cut the story short: grab a knife sharpener.

For starters, here are some things you need to know about knives and knife sharpeners. Sharpeners are abrasives with different kinds of grains. Those with fine grains do better at sharpening than those with coarse grains. But this isn’t the sole determinant of a sharpener’s performance. Different blades take different lengths of time for sharpening too depending on their composition. Knives made of softer steel, like Western knives, will take less time than those made of harder steel (e.g. East Asian Kitchen knives).

Next here are some brilliant suggestions for your camping knives.

Spyderco Sharpmaker Knife Sharpener 204MF
Spyderco Sharpmaker Knife Sharpener 204MF

Spyderco Sharpmaker Knife Sharpener 204MF

Whether your knives are smooth-edged or serrated, this set of sharpeners has everything. It’s composed of a pair of brown, medium-grit stones and a pair of white, fine stones – all made of high alumina ceramics. The brown stones are for vigorous sharpening while the white stones are for refinement. All the stones are triangular so they make it easier for you to sharpen both smooth-edged and serrated knives. Along each of the stones’ length are furrows especially designed for sharpening awls, fishhooks and darts. At the base, there are die-cut keyed slots and holes that set the stones at a sharpening angle of exactly 30 degrees or 40 degrees for knives. For sharpening scissors, they can be set at exactly 12.5 degrees. The package also includes a set of brass rods that keep your hands safe while sharpening to avoid accidents.

Anysharp Knife Sharpener
Anysharp Knife Sharpener

Anysharp Knife Sharpener

Before you decide on throwing away your old cutting tools, get a load of this. The Anysharp Knife sharpener will also sharpen anything from different kinds of cutlery to gardening shears. Take note: any kind of cutlery; meaning this includes even serrated ones. It’s got diamond-honed tungsten carbide blades for effectively and quickly sharpening your blades. And remember that these blades are even stronger than sharpening equipment made of steel or stone. With this sharpener, you also don’t have to worry about the angle required for particular blades because it will do all the work. This way, you can sharpen all your tools just like a pro! This sharpener also has a PowerGrip suction base that holds firmly on any surface so you can sharpen your tools single-handed. This sharpener also features a polymer guiding top for your knives. So it’s not just you who’s protected, but your valuable tools too.

Smith's DFPK Diamond Precision Knife Sharpening Kit
Smith's DFPK Diamond Precision Knife Sharpening Kit

Smith's DFPK Diamond Precision Knife Sharpening Kit

This kit comes from a respected name in the sharpening business that’s been around for over a century. It’s designed to sharpen any kind of knife – even those with serrated blades. It includes a coarse diamond stone for aggressive sharpening. There’s a medium triangular-shaped Arkansas stone especially for serrated edges. Then there’s a fine diamond stone and a fine Arkansas stone for refined sharpening. There’s also a diamond retractable sharpener and a first-class solution for honing. The honing solution effectively cleans and protects the sharpening surface with additives designed to fight corrosion. Furthermore, aside from knives, you can also sharpen hooks with the grooves on the stones. A vice clamp is also included which holds your knives at specific angles constantly while sharpening. This makes the job done easier and faster. Plus, this set is also easy to store for camping; it comes in a fabric carry case so you got all of them packed neatly.

Wsthof 2-Stage Knife Sharpener
Wsthof 2-Stage Knife Sharpener

Wüsthof 2-Stage Knife Sharpener

Bring your old, dull blades back to cutting edge quality with this superbly convenient knife sharpener. This one also comes from one of the finest brands in the knife business. It comes in a very handy form that allows you to grip the sharpener firmly and safely while easily swiping the knife blade down on it with your other hand. It’s got a rubberized handle to ensure a secure and safe grip while you’re at work; this will prevent blade-related accidents. The sturdy carbide steel blades on the V-shaped cutting head provide fast sharpening; after just a few strokes, you’ll see amazing results. This sharpener will also enable you to sharpen your scissors with its built-in scissor sharpener. Unlike other knife sharpeners, this one will make it easier for you by assuming the job of maintaining the right angle for your knives while sharpening.

AccuSharp 001 Knife Sharpener
AccuSharp 001 Knife Sharpener

AccuSharp 001 Knife Sharpener

If you’re in for some heavier tasks, this sharpener is just exactly what you need. This one will sharpen anything from straight knives to axes. You can also use this on your serrated knives and meat cleavers. Three words describe the AccuSharp 001: accuracy, speed – and most of all – safety. It’s got diamond-honed, tungsten carbide blades for sharpening your tools. These blades are made of some of the toughest materials so you’re sure that these will stand up to any blade, whatever it’s made of. In just a few seconds, you can get blades as good as new. For your safety, this sharpener has an ergonomic grip that makes it slip-proof so you avoid getting cut. It also comes in a form that’s convenient to both lefties and righties. And since we’re talking about sharpeners for your camping trip, this one is also absolutely perfect with its incredible lightness. It makes you able to cut off on both weight and space for your backpack.


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