How To Sharpen Knives The Easy Way

How To Sharpen Knives The Easy Way

how to sharpen knives, gerber knife sharpenerAs a prepper you will have acquired the odd survival knife or two, also a multi tool and probably a Swiss Army Knife as well – am I right.?!

When you bought them new, they came nice and sharp and ready for action – you make even of fine tuned them and touched up the blade with a fine whetstone and a stope and now they are perfect and razor sharp.

When you use your knives they will slowly become blunt and that nice fine edge will require a bit of TLC – so back to the workbench and out with the grinding stone and whetstone once again.

The problem comes when your knife becomes blunt and doesn’t perform as you want it to and you’re out in the wild – there’s no where to plug your grinder in out there!

Carrying a bulky whetstone around is not really an option either, so how can you do an emergency re-sharpen of your knives in this type of situation?

Well, it’s actually not that difficult to re-sharpen your knife and get that nice sharp blade back again, wherever you are.

Knife sharpening is a skill in itself, even when you are working at the bench in perfect conditions, but out in the field its a different matter, so knowing how to sharpen knives the easy way is an essential part of prepping and survival.

This is my favourite knife sharpening tool that I carry with my in my rucksck at all times – the Gerber Field Sharpener, and very good it is too.. From the top knife and survival manufacturers, Gerber, and also endorsed by the TV survival celebrity, Bear Grylls.

I normally try and steer away from products that have a TV celeb promoting them, but on this occasion I must say the Bear Grylls endorsed Sharpener is a very good piece of survival kit.

It is extremely compact, robust and light, making it the perfect tool for my bug out bag. It answers the question of how to sharpen knives the easy way when you need them the sharp the most – and that’s always when you’re out in the wild….

serrated edge on knofe being sharpenedserrated edge being sharpened with gerber This clever knife sharpener will not only sharpen a flat blade, but is also capable of sharpening a serrated blade knife.

There are two sizes of diamond grit rods that enables you to put a new edge on any sized serrated blade.

Big or small knife, it works, as you can see here in the photos:



I was out video reviewing some HI-Tec Hiking boots recently and needed to use my knife – however, is was not as sharp as usual and so I also videod the ’emergency’ re-sharpen with the trusted Gerber knife sharpener – this is my review:



Video review of the Gerber knife sharpener
  • Hard Plastic Cover
  • Pocket Size
  • Grippy Handle
  • Sharpens Fine Edge Serrated Blades
  • Priorities of Survival Guide
  • Overall Length: 4.5″
  • Total Weight: 2.3 oz.
  • Steel Type: SS416 Grit 400
  • Coarse Carbide Insert
  • Fine Ceramic Insert


As you can see from my short video, this is an excellent tool to carry with you and I highly recommend you buy one for you bug out bag as part of your survival kit.

I hope you have found this review article on ‘How to Sharpen Knives the Easy Way’ helpfull.



Gerber Bear Grylls Field Sharpener (31-001270)
List Price: £19.99
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1 comment

    • Lee Sangster on September 19, 2018 at 8:55 pm
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    Hi Steve,

    I would rather carry a small wet stone than ever sharpen my knife with a sharpening tool no matter who endorses it. They will destroy a knifes edge and durability beyond repair.

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