Bug Out Bag Supplies: Knife Sharpener Review

emergency knife sharpener for bug out bagsWhat is it?

Smith’s Pocket Pal Multi-Functional Knife Sharpener is a lightweight and compact tool. It is excellent for sharpening a multitude of different blades and cutting tools while on the go. It includes pre-set carbide blades for course sharpening, pre-set ceramic blades for fine sharpening, and a foldable tapered diamond rod for sharpening serrated blades and gut hooks. A dull knife is a dangerous knife, so having a lightweight and easy-to-use sharpening tool while you are traveling in the outdoors is essential. If you do not have a sharpening tool, you may injure yourself trying to use a damaged or dull blade.

The Pocket Pal can easily fit in a backpack, pocket, or bug out bag. It is great for use in the backcountry because it is small, light, and compact. There is a lanyard hole to help keep it close by. Also, there is a recessed finger grip that allows you to easily hold the sharpener and keep your fingers away from dangerous areas.

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The Pocket Pal includes pre-set carbide blades for course sharpening or to reset an edge on a dull or damaged blade. The carbide blades are both reversible and replaceable for extended sharpening. These blades are useful for sharpening dull edges quickly and are only meant for use on straight edge blades. The pre-set angle is 22.5 degrees per side, or 45 degrees total.

For fine sharpening, you can use the pre-set 800 grit ceramic blades. The ceramic blades are also reversible and replaceable, and will finish edges on both straight and serrated blades. The ceramic blades are also pre-set to a 45-degree angle to provide the best sharpening results.

The folding tapered diamond rod can be found on the side of the sharpening tool and is used for honing serrated edges or gut hooks. The rod is impregnated with medium 400-diamond grit.



  • Course carbide blades that are reversible and replaceable
  • 800 grit replaceable ceramic blades for fine sharpening
  • 400 grit foldable tapered diamond rod
  • Lanyard hole for easy transport
  • Recessed finger grip
  • Body is 3.5 x 1 inches
  • Weighs only 0.3 ounces



The Smith Pocket Pal is made for quick and easy repairs while you are on the go. It probably will not give you the sharpest or finest edge possible and may not be the best option for your more expensive blades. Also, with such a small and lightweight tool you can expect to have lower quality and less control when compared to other sharpening methods. However, for its price, the Pocket Pal provides a better-than-average edge, especially while on the go.


checkMarkShould I get it?

sharpening knives while campingAt the end of the day a blunt knife is a dangerous knife. A lightweight and easily portable sharpening tool is essential for any outdoorsman who is frequently using knives in the backcountry. The Smith Pocket Pal is great for backpackers, hikers, fisherman, and survivalists who want to carry a sharpening tool that is lightweight and portable.

The Pocket Pal can be used to sharpen dull tools or repair edges that may have been damaged during use. For its size and weight it does a very decent job of sharpening and comes in at a very reasonable price point. This product is best used on straight edges, serrated edges, and gut hooks. Always be prepared and have the Pocket Pal handy whenever you are traveling in the wilderness.

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