Q. Hey Gear Guy, which devices (other than a traditional whetstone) can I use to sharpen my knife? How well do they work?
— Dull Tyler, Libertyville, Ill.
A. There are many types of sharpeners. To help you wade through it all, I contacted a friend at Gerber Legendary Blades. They make some of the best knives and know more than a little about sharpening blades. Here are the tree main types of sharpeners:
Diamond-coated rod sharpeners (work with fine or serrated blades). This one is most similar to a whetstone.
Pros: lower cost.
Cons: takes more time, tough to maintain the correct angle while sharpening.
Ceramic pocket sharpeners (work only with fine-edge blades).
Pros: lightweight, easy to carry, low cost, quick and easy to use
Cons: will create just an average edge and cannot sharpen serrated blades
Diamond fingers sharpeners (work with fine or serrated blades).
Pros: quick, easy to use, can sharpen a variety of angles and create sharper edge
Cons: more expensive