Sharpening Your EDC Folding Knife with a Whetstone

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We get asked a lot how to sharpen our EDC Pocket Knives. Here's a quick and easy guide for using a whetstone. It's a simple, cost effective method that takes practice but can yield really great results.

Sharpening a small knife blade using a whetstone is a traditional and effective way to bring a sharp edge back to your blade. For this example we used a two sided whetstone (1000 and 6000 grit) Full disclaimer, we are learning and definitely not pros at using a whetstone. Regardless here are four easy steps to guide you through the process:


Soaking the wet stone

Step 1: Soak the whetstone

Begin by soaking the whetstone in water for approximately 10-15 minutes. This will ensure that the stone is fully saturated and ready for use.


Position the wet stone

Step 2: Position the whetstone

Place the whetstone on a stable surface such as a countertop or table. Make sure it won't move around while you're sharpening. Some whetstones may come with a base or rubber feet for added stability.


Start sharpening

Step 3: Start sharpening

Hold the knife firmly by the handle and position the blade against the whetstone at a 20-degree angle. This angle provides a good balance between sharpness and durability. It's best to maintain a consistent angle throughout the sharpening process.

Using moderate pressure, slide the blade across the whetstone in a smooth, sweeping motion. Start from the base of the blade near the handle and move towards the tip. Repeat this motion several times, gradually working your way along the entire length of the blade. Remember to maintain the same angle and apply even pressure.


Holding Carved Pocket Knife

Step 4: Clean up

Remember to dry your blade off and apply oil to prevent any rust.
That's it. Have fun and be safe!
If you'd like to you can watch us do our best using a whetstone here.