Sunday, July 27, 2014

Praxis: Smith’s PP1 Pocket Pal Knife Sharpener Review

The Smith’s PP1 Pocket Pal is only $7.99 on Amazon, which to me is a no-brainer. Being able to always keep my knives sharp is easily worth eight bucks. If you’ve ever tried to chop tomatoes with a dull knife I’m sure you’ll agree with me. Of course, there are more expensive sharpening solutions and complete systems out there that certainly do a better and finer sharpening job than the PP1 Pocket Pal, and by all means invest in a more extensive sharpening solution if you have a lot of knives and tools you want to keep sharp for the long term. But if you’re just getting started then you get a lot of bang for the buck with the PP1 Pocket Pal. I’ve tried other sub-$10 sharpeners, including some other Smith’s products, but out of those this one is my favorite.


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Dakota said...

Such a gadget is not really a knife sharpener. I am a professional knife sharpener of many years, and have made my living doing same. All these devices do is rough up the steel in the absence of an edge. A coarse and fine stone, or diamond impregnated steel flats will do a much better job of giving you an "edge" that will work wonders on that tomato.

Learn how to get and maintain an edge on your knives and they will serve you much better than roughing up the edge. Once you learn the proper technique the skill will never leave you. Everyone has some dull kitchen knives that will serve as learning pieces before you go to work on that $100 + knife you spent your hard earned money on.

Grant Davis said...

I have an EZ Lap sharpener I bought 20 years ago for less than 4 dollars, still USA made, very fine diamonds and hasn't worn out yet. Smith's are china made iirc. The EZLap folds into what looks to be half of a pen case and comes in a straight D shaped or tapered (for serrated) style.

AJ said...

Japanese water stones are by far the best sharpening devices on the planet. However, they require a fair bit of practice to be able to really sharpen a knife on them. Also, they are pretty spendy and not very portable.