View Full Version : What sharpener do you carry in the bush???

01-17-2012, 11:06 PM
Needing to get a sharpener to carry in my pack when I'm out in the woods...I would need something to keep and edge on my CT Hawk and my BK-2...What are you guys carrying with you???

01-17-2012, 11:06 PM
lansky puck

01-17-2012, 11:08 PM
for my hatchets -- a small file.

and a small arkansas stone and one of those credit-card-sharpener-things is in my ditch kit

gold prospector
01-17-2012, 11:11 PM
falkniven sharpener-DC4 I think its called.Its light and takes up very little space,and works great.

01-17-2012, 11:12 PM
Small Bastard file, small medium/fine DMT diamonds, large DMT medium diamond and a 4 inch ceramic rod.

01-17-2012, 11:13 PM
I know this sounds girly but I carry one of those padded nail file things that have a few different grits. Either that or a couple pieces of sand paper in my psk tin.


Rusty Plowpoint
01-17-2012, 11:14 PM
Backpacker Flipstick and my file fire striker.

01-17-2012, 11:17 PM
I just picked up a Lansky retractable diamond sharpening rod. It is a fine diamond rod with a groove for hook sharpening and is in a durable brass handle. It gets the job done quickly and is pretty fast with cheap stainless steel as well. They sell for about 15-20 dollars but I got mine on sale for I think 8 dollars at Scheels. I also added a braided paracord lanyard to mine, through the hole they provided in the handle. I highly recommend it.

01-17-2012, 11:17 PM
The Fallkniven DC4 and the Eze-Lap model "M" sportsmans diamond rod for knives , and the Gransfors Bruks ceramic axe stone for axes , machetes , and knives also.
There isn't a tool I can't put a wicked edge on with that set-up.

Out of those three If I only had to carry one tool and go light , it would be the Eze-Lap rod , Model M only. Compact , and blows away any other diamond rod I've tried. It's about 400 grit , so I just strop the knife on my belt or whatever. No problems sharpening a BK2 with it. ( or my 7)


01-17-2012, 11:33 PM
DMT diafold. Flat, butterfly handles, lightweight. I use the blue, guess it is about a 400 grit. Used the same one since 93. Works well on knives, tomahawks, machete, axes, chisels etc.

01-17-2012, 11:47 PM
I carry a Eze-Lap diamond rod, a Leatherman wave with a diamond/file on it. I also carry an altoids sharpening tin with leather glued on one side and neoprene glued on the other. Inside the tin I have 600, 800, and 1000 grit sand paper. Saw it in an Iz video and love it. Weighs less then the Eze-lap.

01-18-2012, 12:17 AM
my bushclass post:

and a video by the guy who inspired it:
All-in-one travel strop knife sharpening system - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkuF1dljmjE&list=UUSkUvmUIO6S371E7yAJ8j9Q&index=27&feature=plcp)

01-18-2012, 12:28 AM
I use DMTs keychain sized folding ones, blue-red-green. Coarse Medium/Fine Very Fine

01-18-2012, 12:58 AM

01-18-2012, 01:05 AM
I dunno what brand it is, but it came on it's own lil leather sheath. Got it at local secod hand shop. Rooted through a bin of random junk and found it. It's in pristine condition. Don't think a blade ever touched it. Got it for 8

01-18-2012, 01:33 AM
For my knife a Fallkniven DC3 or DC4 if I don't care about the extra weight.

For an axe I'll carry a puck stone or broadhead file which is a lot lighter.

For broadheads a 6" Grobet broadhead file which also works great on axes:


01-18-2012, 01:35 AM
I carry a small Smith Arkansas stone and a Eze-lap

Mtnfolk Mike
01-18-2012, 02:04 AM
i use a Fallkniven DC-3.. they're great.. i also have a JRE strop..

01-18-2012, 02:10 AM
Lansky retractable diamond sharpening rod

01-18-2012, 02:17 AM
I have a small ark stone and a file.

01-18-2012, 02:48 AM
fallkniven dc3

Grey Ranger
01-18-2012, 03:20 AM
fallkniven dc3
Same. Works wonderfully. I can get a hair shaving edge with that stone and my leather belt in the field, on my axe, hawk, or knife. Perfect size, and has coarse and fine sides.

im actually having a sheath for my primary knife made with a pocket on the front for my DC3

01-18-2012, 03:29 AM
I carry a Lansky.

I don't bring the whole kit, just the stones I think I'll need and the knife clamp, pedestal mount, and the guide rod.

Back at Base Camp I'll have the rest of the kit and often I'll just bring one stone to help keep an edge on my knife.

01-18-2012, 03:40 AM
DMT double sided folding stone.

dapper dan
01-18-2012, 08:25 AM
Lansky double sided diamond stone and Iceramic. I have a high end stainless knife. The only thing I do is use the ceramic. It maintains any edge with a little work everyday. If my knife needs to be reworked I use sand paper mouse pad.

01-18-2012, 11:52 AM
Thanks for all of the posts...There are a few that I never heard of before which I'm looking into now...Thanks again and keep them coming...

01-18-2012, 01:54 PM
I have 3 DMT 4"x1" stones in Extra fine, fine and coarse with a piece of belt leather epoxied to the back side of 2 of them and they are charged with 2 different compounds, tripoli and jewelers rouge... I use these on everything knives, axes, chisel etc... Works great for me...

01-18-2012, 01:59 PM
A good coffee mug.

01-18-2012, 02:50 PM
well worn ez-lap 1x6" fine and a dual grit folding diamond stone in fine/x-fine.

01-18-2012, 03:03 PM
I have a 600 dmt credit card style stored psk with my signal mirror and fresnal.

If i dont think i'll need to do much i carry a 1x5 spyderco pocket hone-it works okay but is not my favorite.

when i know i'll need to sharpen i take a slip of jpn natural suita ; cuts really fast and fine so works good as a stand alone do all sharpener.

01-18-2012, 03:09 PM
Small Bastard File
retractable diamond sharpening rod

01-18-2012, 04:30 PM
Retractable diamond rod for everything and puck for the axe.

01-18-2012, 05:44 PM
I know this sounds girly but I carry one of those padded nail file things that have a few different grits. Either that or a couple pieces of sand paper in my psk tin.



I carry a DC4 and it's just awesome. Unless there is damage to the edge I don't even need to go beyond the ceramic part (or fake ceramic part). It can also be used for axes and tomahawks. Works great on convex edges too if you use circular motions or just prefer a secondary bevel. I also add a small piece of leather as a strop.

01-18-2012, 05:59 PM
These dianova sharpeners are excellent http://www.dianova-ab.se/products.php?c=28&lang=eng

Old Philosopher
01-18-2012, 06:01 PM
One of each. The small one has a grove for honing fishhooks, and the bottom photo is a Gerber sharpening steel in its own pouch.
Ez-Lap (screw together)

Ez-lap (fisherman's steel)

Gerber flat steel, has multiple coarseness areas on it, including the edges that works like a file.

01-18-2012, 06:01 PM
I carry a small diamond stone from Smiths and a small ceramic bar. Also on my Leatherman Wave the file has a fine diamond hone on it and I have my belt, not to mention all the sharpening stones just lying around in the dirt.

01-18-2012, 06:11 PM
I made one of these after watching Iz's video.




Has two sheets of 220, 400, 600, 800, and 1000. Leather on top loaded with compound to use as a strop.

I have the file on my multi-tool if I really mess the axe up. Otherwise I use this.

01-18-2012, 06:15 PM
I gotta do that myself, Sweeney.

I finally got most of the paper the other day (up to 1000 grit anyway)

Trail Dust
01-18-2012, 06:15 PM
Seems that I rarely have to sharpen in the bush, unless I am out there for a long period of time. Or, something gets dinged up and stropping ceases to be adequate.

The DMT Diafold sharpeners are a favorite (I have several to choose from), as well as the retractable Eze-Lap sharpeners with either the aluminum or brass handle. The retractable Lansky is fine, but I find that the Eze-Lap brand lasts longer.

I carried the Fallkniven DC4 and DC3 for a time in a couple of different kits, but I prefer the DMT Diafold or the DMT 4" stones (come with a leather sheath) better for what I do. I did send a DC4 back to my source because of poor quality, and I had another that separated where the ceramic meets the diamond plate.

Currently, I have been carrying the green handled (in the photo), 3-sided (coarse, medium, fine) Hewlett Flipstick diamond sharpener. It is a little bulkier than the Lansky or Eze-Lap retractable variety, but it is less weight and the 3-sided stone stores in the handle. How well it will hold up in the long run, compared with the others, I have yet to discover.

Ultimately, and reasonably speaking, your choice and selection of any particular field sharpener is going to be less crucial than your skills with that sharpener. :)

If I carry an axe with a pack, I take a 6" flat broadhead file (it has a sheath) and a small Norton stone.


I will use steels on occasion to maintain some of my knives (especially toothy hunting knives for cutting meat and hide ). They work just fine if one has a "light touch." If one has a tendency to get heavy-handed however, he would do better with a ceramic rod or strop.

01-18-2012, 06:16 PM
556MP was using his to sharpen knives at the PA meet. One handed :29:

Muddy Paws
01-18-2012, 11:44 PM
I have one of those hunterhoners in my pack and a few 3" ceramic sticks from old thermocouples from work. They work great and are free with a near endless supply to be had.

01-18-2012, 11:51 PM
The flat spyderco ceramic sharpeners are easy to use and work great.

01-19-2012, 04:52 AM
Diamond rod for me too.

01-19-2012, 05:14 AM
I know this sounds girly but I carry one of those padded nail file things that have a few different grits. Either that or a couple pieces of sand paper in my psk tin.


not girly. those things only cost a buck and make a fantastic lightweight strop.

just don't use them to strop your axe, that much metal clogs em up fast...

blake g49
01-19-2012, 03:47 PM
DMT fine/coarse Duofold...

01-19-2012, 05:29 PM
Another DC-4 user here. Takes care of my axe,F1, and SAK.

01-19-2012, 06:52 PM
I have been carrying a Smith's 6.5" Handheld Sharpener which has a Coarse and Fine diamond stone that slides back in the handle...My kids got it for me for father's day last year...I think Lowes carries it...

Two Bears
01-19-2012, 06:53 PM
Smith's double sided diamond flat hone, it comes with a case and a handle. It's course on one side and fine on the other side. I can get a razor sharp edge on all my knives. For a small knife I carry a Gerber diamond rod sharpner that is made into a light weight small plastic case with the angles pre set. It's only good for something like a Mora. But it also has course and fine sides.

01-19-2012, 07:27 PM
I just got a DC4 from BCO due to constantly hearing good things about it, but I haven't actually 'used' it yet.

01-19-2012, 08:31 PM
Kershaw ultra tek, or eze-lap

01-19-2012, 08:39 PM
DMT Diafold red / blue model.

Fits perfectly into the outside pouch on my Spec Ops Brand sheath.


01-19-2012, 09:16 PM
I saw a pocket sharpener that I thought was worth trying out. It's a Redi-Edge (http://www.rediedge.com). I hadn't heard of them before and was surprised at their product line.

The Tactical Pro seems to be the closest to what I have, but mine does not have the angle printed on the thumb grip. I don't know if mine was the first generation or not, but the sharpening angle for mine is 25*. The back and bottom have a ceramic coating for honing with the bottom edge being V'd for honing fish hooks, needles or awls.

I haven't had a chance to do much with it yet. The only "test" I did was to touch up the edge of my CRKT and slice two burs out of my brother's dog's fur. Cut like butter, but it wasn't much of a test. I'll grab some of the abused knives my brother keeps and see how it performs with them once I get out of this conference and back home. But my initial impression is that it is probably with I'll end up carrying to handle most of my sharpening needs.

01-19-2012, 10:21 PM
DMT Double Sided Folding Diafold Sharpener (FWFC=Fine / Coarse) (http://www.amazon.com/DMT-FWFC-Double-Diafold-Sharpener/dp/B00004WFTW) is the one I'll carry into the bush, however I have several other models with different grits for home use. The sharpener is very lightweight and has two sides of different grits, and a handle that folds out of the way when its not in use.

I just busted out the ruler and my scale:
The sharpening surface area is 4 1/2" long and 7/8" wide
The handle is 5" long and 1" wide, and swivels to cover the sharpening surface area, so that closed it is 5" long and 1" wide.
The total weight is 2.4oz

DMT Knife sharpening stone - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfEvZkGDOwc)

01-20-2012, 07:27 AM
As much as I used to love my Japanese slip stones, the irregular shape of them has eventually just annoyed me because they wear down un uniformly.
I have borrowed my partners DC4 a few times now and have to say it's a great little sharpener.
For my leatherman TTi, now a days I use a 10,000 grit stone less than 1/8th thick and about 2 inches long, to get a perfect polished edge using a jig.

And use the TTi diamond file for taking out larger nicks on the axe or khukri etc.

Then I also have my 4 inch mini sharpening steel.

And a keyring/pocket kangaroo strop.

I would get a DC4 myself as well as some type of stone about 4000 grit to use as a go between for the straight razor I also carry.

I don't need any more than that, but I still wanna test out the victorinox half round stone at some point as it would be better suited for the khukuri's extreme curvature.

01-20-2012, 07:41 AM
I carry a ceramic stick for quick touch ups,and a diamond rod for more serious work.

01-20-2012, 08:33 AM
DMT diafold, the red and green one, extra fine/fine. I also carry a file.

01-20-2012, 10:36 AM
Puck and a rod. Lot's of times I just strope the edge on the rounded top of my window glass. Puts a hair shaving edge back on like any ceramic rod and it is always with me on my car.:4:

01-20-2012, 09:07 PM
I love this site...So many great people with an unbelievable amount of knowledge...Thanks to each and every one of you for sharing!!!