Sharpening Handbook - Pocket Knives Because sharp enough
... usually is not.

Guidelines shown below are for Included Angles (⍺).


I've not found value in adding micro/secondary bevels to pocket knives, so that is not recommended here. If the sharpener wants to add one, an additional 2º should be sufficient.


If you want to get truly sharp, Dr. Vadim Kraichuk with KnifeGrinders has a really good method and has adapted the Tormek system to these wheels. The KnifeGrinder method is one that is proven, and has great tools to assist with making it easy.


CB's USB Projection Calculator is recommended for calculating setup for Tormek knife jigs. (The simpler Projection Calculator is also still available.)

General Guidelines
Blade Type Notes

Drop Point Blade
24º
This is a common blade and is sharpened to an angle which is good when a sharp tool is needed.

When sharpening a Swiss Army Knife (or knives with similar blades), no micro-bevel is added. This is due to the blade's thickness being thinner.

Sheep's Foot Blade
40º
This is a blade often used for scraping actions. Thusly, it is sharpened to a greater angle, and no secondary grind is applied.

Spey Point Blade
30º
This blade is sharpened to a greater angle. This is to allow for its use on tougher materials.

Use same angle for both setting the apex angle, and for edge-leading honing (up to 8,000 grit).

Deburring Guidelines
Type 1st Deburring 2d Deburring Notes
Angle Grit size Angle Grit size
Harder steels -0.1º to -0.3º
3 to 6
3º to 6º
0.25 to 0.5
Edge Angle Stropping - for steels which are brittle, have high hardness, are high carbon or carbide steels.
Softer steels
3 to 6
0.4º to 2º
1
High Angle Stropping - for steels which are tough or ductile, have low hardness or low carbon, or are fine carbide.

Grit size measured in µm (aka, microns)


Notes & Comments
Information regarding Grindstones


Good videos showing the use of the Tormek Knife Jigs : SVM-45, SVM-100 (no longer sold), SVM-140, and SVM-00:

Jeff Farris - Knife Sharpening with Tormek
Steve Bottorff - Using Tormek Knife Jigs
Tormek Knife Jig SVM-45
Tormek Long Knife Jig SVM-140
Tormek Small Knife Holder SVM-00
Tormek AngleMaster WM-200
Herman Trivilino showing the use of a platform jig
Knife Grinders showing sharpening of knives with convex curves
Knife Grinders showing sharpening of knives with concave curves
Knife Grinders showing how to mounting the pin pivot collar on your knife jig


Pin Pivot Jig


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Remember : The goal of sharpening is to produce sharp tools, and these tools can injure you if mishandled. Safety measures should be followed to protect yourself and those in your shop. Be sure to read and follow all instructions from the manufacturer, and and utilize proper safety equipment. Never consume alcohol or anything that could impair your judgement before sharpening tools, or using sharp tools. Comments can be sent via eMail to me at SharpeningHandbook@Gmail.com.