Top 3 Knife Sharpeners

If you are into knives or simply more of a DIY kind of guy, chances are you sharpen your own knives. Now sharpening is a skill and as such requires a good amount of practice and time to master. But skills are only half the battle. If you really want to make sure that you get the best out of your knives, you need to use good quality sharpeners to help you complete the tasks and here are three of the very best sharpeners right now.

CHEF’S CHOICE 2100 COMMERCIAL ELECTRIC DIAMOND HONE KNIFE SHARPENER ($599.95)

The Chef’s Choice 2100 Commercial Electric Diamond Hone Knife Sharpener is a life saver for people who do not have a lot of time, or skill, when it comes to sharpening their knives. Not everybody knows, or is able, to keep a constant angle when sharpening their knives which is why electric sharpeners are needed. The Chef’s Choice 2100 comes with a powerful motor and angle guides that makes sharpening your knives a breeze all packed in a compact but sturdy cast metal case.

The Chef’s Choice 2100 Commercial Electric Diamond Hone Knife Sharpener also makes it easier for us because it sharpens both plain and serrated edges which not a lot of people can do with a stone sharpener. It comes with a revolutionary technology called EdgeSelect® that basically gives you three stages of sharpening thus giving you the freedom of selecting the edge you prefer on your knives. Detachable modules also make it a breeze to clean and maintain.

DMT 10″ DUOSHARP BENCH STONE COARSE / EXTRA-COARSE WITH BASE ($124.95)

DMT sharpeners are not cheap and that is the point. When you buy a tool to maintain your valued and maybe even beloved collection, the last thing you want is to ruin them by using a cheapo sharpener. You might as well look for a rock in the river while you’re at it. But you are not going to have that kind of trouble with the DMT DuoSharp Bench Stone comes with a pair of diamond surfaced sharpener that are guaranteed to provide not only consistency but enough surface area for you to properly sharpen your knife or knives whatever the size.

Sharpening with a diamond surfaced sharpener is not only easier; it is a lot less messy since you do not need excessive amounts of oil or water. The construction of the table provides you a stable platform which then makes it easier to focus on your sharpening form and angle instead of keeping the stone stable or stationary. It has a price tag that is a shade below $125 but the quality of what you are getting more than makes up for the price.

ACCUSHARP 14IN DIAMOND BUTCHER STEEL SHARPENING ROD ($32.95)

The AccuSharp 14in Diamond Butcher Steel Sharpening Rod’s over-all length is 19.75” but the business end is 14”. This USA-made sharpening rod is probably the most familiar of the three in this list but using a sharpening rod does require a good amount of skill. But once you do have enough practice, the AccuSharp 14in Diamond Butcher Steel Sharpening Rod can be your best friend for quick maintenance and touch-ups for your knives.

Esee 6 Review

Here comes the big boys and the ESEE 6 definitely is a big boy. The 11.75” fixed blade full tang constructed knife is suited more for the outdoors than EDC. Unless of course you like giving your officemates a shock every time you open a box. The ESEE 6 has a 6.50” long 0.19” thick blade that is perfect for most camping tasks and is strong enough to do much more. If your life depends on it, you would be glad to have an ESEE 6 strapped to your side or thigh than a puny 3” folder. Designed by Mike Perrin and Jeff Randall, there is simply no doubt on ESEE 6’s strength and dependability. The ESEE 6 passed multiple rugged testing from various outdoorsmen and military personnel all over the world. Whether you are an avid outdoorsman, into law enforcement or military or maybe simply a collector of hardcore knives, you are sure to appreciate the ergonomics and design of the ESEE 6.

BLADE

The ESEE 6 comes with a 6.50” long 0.19” thick 1095 High Carbon Steel blade. It is a black powder coated blade that increases the protection of the knife from corrosion and rust. The 1095 is the best choice for knives of ESEE 6’s caliber. It is made to take and endure abuse that would simply shatter other blades but the 1095 will just keep on coming. It is not stainless steel and as such requires a certain amount of maintenance but with that aside, there is not much that can bring the 1095 down. The ESEE 6’s blade spine has a good amount of jimping to improve grip and control making it a lot safer than most knives of its size.

HANDLE

The ESEE 6 has a full tang construction, common for knives its size and purpose which means the blade material actually extends all the way to the pummel. The handle of the ESEE 6 has an ergonomic design that makes it easy to grip and control, vital for camping where you will need to get a secure grip on your knife. The handle has removable Micarta slabs but one can request for G-10 if they prefer.

SPECIFICATIONS

Overall Length: 11.75″
Blade Length: 6.50″
Blade Thickness: 0.19″
Blade Material: 1095 High Carbon Steel
Blade Style: Drop Point
Blade Grind: Full Flat
Finish: Powder Coated
Edge Type: Plain
Handle Length: 5.25″
Handle Material: Grey Micarta Scale
Weight: 12 oz.

CONCLUSION

The ESEE 6 comes with a NO QUESTIONS ASKED LIFETIME GUARANTEE which is also transferable to make the deal that much sweeter. The supreme combination of strength and dependability provided by the ESEE 6 is something that other knives can only hope for.

Zero Tolerance Zt 0350 Review

The predecessor to the Zero Tolerance 0300, the ZT 0350 is 10% lighter and smaller but is fully equipped with all of the bells and whistles that you would expect from a Zero Tolerance folder. It has SpeedSafe that makes one-handed assisted opening a breeze even with bulky combat gloves on because of the relatively large ambidextrous studs or with the protrusion flipper. The Overall length of the ZT 0350 is still almost 8 inches which might be a bit large for some but fits most guys perfectly. The “thwack” that you get every time you open it definitely makes a statement muck like a “tick” that you hear when clicking the safety off your handgun. It is a great EDC with a strong and dependable blade. It’s going to be your best friend whether you’re opening boxes at work or a game that you just shot on the weekends.

Blade
The ZT 0350
 blade is a modified drop-point S30V stainless steel blade. You have a choice between a plain or partially serrated edge depending on your preference of course. It is a quarter inch longer than most every day carry folders (3 inches) and the 0.12 inch thickness also makes it a bit bulkier. Although there are some variations, some ZT 03500 comes with a Tungsten DLC coating. DLC or diamond like carbon not only makes the blade look cool but drastically improves its durability, hardness and makes it non-reflective which is quite useful for tactical uses. The DLC coating also decreases friction drag further improving the performance of the blade. But when we talk blade, we also need to talk about the type of metal used. CPM S30V stainless steel has a very high resistance from corrosion and every day wear and tear which makes it one of the premium steels that is used on blades. Widely considered as one of the very best blade steel available, it is often used for custom or high-end knives which should give you an idea of exactly what the ZT 0350 is.

Handle
The handle of the ZT 0350 is 4.62 inches long and a solid 0.50 inch thick. It is probably as thick as you can go without looking like a showoff carrying it around the office. But all kidding aside, the hefty handle has a great design that gives you a great deal of control and comfort when handling it normally or even with a reverse grip. The flat textured G-10 scales improves the grip thus safety of the knife and the stainless steel liners makes sure that it doesn’t buckle even when you get a bit exited gripping it. The frame and scales have some pretty aggressive jimping both at the pommel and thumb rise making sure that you have complete control in any scenario. The pocket clip is a ZT’s Quad-mount system which allows you to pocket however you like further giving you that personalized touch.

Specifications

Overall Length: 7.85″
Blade Length: 3.25″
Blade Thickness: 0.12″
Blade Material: S30V Stainless Steel
Blade Style: Modified Drop Point
Blade Grind: Hollow
Finish: Stonewash
Edge Type: Plain
Handle Length: 4.62″
Closed Length: 4.62″
Handle Thickness: 0.50″
Handle Material: G-10
Frame/Liner: Stainless Steel
Weight: 6.1 oz.

 

Conclusion
All in all, the Zero Tolerance 0350 is a great knife. The size is just right to make it ideal for various scenarios. It’s not too big to carry around on a daily basis but not too small that you will take all day to skin a deer on the weekend. They relatively thick blade and handle not only makes it feel stronger, it also makes you feel a bit manlier handling it. The fact that it’s made in the US is simply icing on the cake.

Best Edc Knife

Knives used to be known only as a kitchen tool. As the decades progressed, it has become more and more established as an everyday tool that can be useful for a lot more than just slicing tomatoes. Recently, folding knives have become very popular for many reasons. One of the biggest one is they are very easy to conceal and carry on a regular basis which makes them useful for a lot of tasks. From opening delivery boxes in the office or defending yourself when needed, EDC knives today have a whole underground culture and following. So here are three of the very best EDC knives out there from three of the best known knife makers.

Spyderco Paramilitary 2

Spyderco is no stranger to EDC knives and as one of their guiding principle being perfection; it is no wonder why they have become almost synonymous to top quality folders. “No more than necessary; no less than perfect.”, this is one of their principles when designing and producing any folder and the Spyderco Paramilitary 2 is one of the finest examples of such a motto.

As most of you are probably thinking, the PM2 is the successor to the Paramilitary which was one of the biggest hits in 2004. The Paramilitary is a great knife on its own respect but the PM2 is better. Spyderco aims to continually improve and the PM2 is the result of that. The PM2 comes in at 3.75 ounces with a 3.44 inch long, 0.15 inch thick S30V stainless steel with a 4.8 inch long, 0.5 inch thick handle with skeletonized stainless steel liners and G-10 scales. The PM2 is designed with strength and dependability in mind. With the Paramilitary 2, Spyderco has made one of the very best EDC knife in the world.

Benchmade 940 Osborne

When we talk about knife perfection and the top knife makers in the world, you simply cannot finish the list without mentioning Benchmade. And when you talk about Benchmade’s best knives, you simply cannot bypass the 940 Osborne. Designed by the legendary Warren Osborne, the 940 Osborne has been around since 2000 and has been a steady high-grossing EDC knife for Benchmade. As with most high-end EDC knives, the 940 Osborne has a 3.4 inch long and 0.11 inch thick reverse tanto S30V stainless steel blade. The knife’s handle gives you that ideal combination of safety and strength that makes you feel confident that you can grip it anyway you want and still get to do whatever it is you were trying to.

The 940 Osborne comes in at a mere 2.9 ounces but do not let its weight fool you. It is a heavy contender and an overall performer when it come everyday knife tasks. As they say, nothing is perfect in this world but the 940 Osborne sure does come close.

Zero Tolerance 0350

When it comes to the best EDC knife available to man, the Zero Tolerance 0350 is no pushover. The 3.25 inch long full flat grind S30V stainless steel blade is coated with Tungsten DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) that not only improves the S30V’s already impression corrosion and wear resistance, it also minimizes reflection and friction drag of the blade. The fact that it makes the blade look a thousand times cooler is just a great bonus. The ZT 0350 also comes with stainless steel liners with G-10 textured scales makes the handle virtually “slip-proof” and the heavy jimping on the pummel and the top of the handle gives you that added control and safety for times when you need to exert just a bit more force. All in all, it is simply one of the very best EDC knives in the world.

Spyderco Delica 4 Review

The Spyderco Delica 4 comes with a fiberglass reinforced nylon (FRN) handle and VG-10 stainless steel blade with a full-flat ground and a satin finish. It weighs a mere 2.5 inches and is 0.40 inches thick when closed. It is a very light and relatively thin folder that is as perfect for everyday carry as any knife can ever be. The little brother of the Spyderco Endura, the Delica retains the Endura’s strength, durability and dependability that have made both knives very popular throughout the years. It just shows that you can never put a great knife down. It may look light and frail but don’t ever let that fool you, the Delica 4 is a strong contender and a great every day carry knife.

Blade

The blade of the Delica 4 is made from VG-10 stainless steel. The “G” stands for gold, as in the gold standard in knife blades. Primarily produced in Japan, the home of the most infamous blades of all time, VG-10 is used on kitchen and everyday carry knives where they have made a name as one of the very best knife blade material in the world. The Delica 4 comes with a full-flat ground VG-10 stainless steel blade with a satin finish that not only makes it look good, it also makes it quite deadly. The Delica 4’s blade is a mere 0.09 inch thick that some may say is a bit too thin but the quality of the steel more than makes up for the thickness. The sabre or more commonly known as the V-grind makes it quite resilient and strong, able to handle a fair amount of abuse and still keep its edge. This supreme edge retention and strength, however, has a downside. Once it loses the edge, you will need a lot of time and skill, and maybe even a diamond stone sharpener to get it back to tip top shape, or edge for that matter.

Handle

The handle of the Delica 4 is fiberglass reinforced nylon (FRN) over stainless steel liners. The liners have been thoroughly milled out to save weight without sacrificing strength and durability. The fact that everything is bolted together means that it is fairly easy to take it apart for maintenance or whenever needed. The Delica 4 handle comes in a variety of colors which makes personalization a bit easier. Also, if you happen to get one in colors like orange or white, that pretty much assures you that you will never lose it in the woods since those colors simply jump out of the surrounding shades. The ergonomics of the handle also gives you a safe and strong level of control on the knife, the fact that it retains a design that Spyderco has been using for 20 years is a testament on how dependable the design is. The bi-directional texturing of the FRN handles further improves the grip of the handle and the jimping on top makes it virtually “slip-proof”, useful whether you are skinning that rabbit in your camp or opening a letter in the office.

Specifications

Overall Length: 7.12″
Blade Length: 2.87″
Blade Thickness: 0.09″
Blade Material: VG-10 Stainless steel
Blade Style: Straight Back
Blade Grind: Flat
Finish: Satin
Edge Type: Plain
Handle Length: 4.25″
Closed Length: 4.25″
Handle Thickness: 0.40″
Handle Material: FRN
Frame/Liner: Stainless steel
Weight: 2.5 oz.


Conclusion

The Delica 4 is not only a great knife; it also has an even greater price tag. With all the design and material that come into the knife. The dependability and supreme edge that you get, the fact that it only cost around $60 is a great surprise. It only goes to show that sometimes, great things do come in small packages.