Lansky shapes their “Puck” sharpening stone to fit comfortably in your hand and makes it small enough to slip into your pocket so you’ll have it around when you need to touch up your shovels, hatchets, axes, mower blades, or whatever other edged tool you’re using outdoors.
The Puck has a coarse grit side for fixing nicks and shaping edges and a medium grit side for final honing. It retails for $8.
Sharpening flat edges is relatively easy; trying to match the curve of a gouge requires more skill and a bunch of curved stones. DMT is trying to make it easier to keep a keen edge on your curved tools with their new Diamond Wave.
While it looks like a piece of metal that’s had a bad day, it’s actually a combination of convex and concave surfaces coated with a micronized mono-crystalline diamond coating. The curves vary precisely from a radius of 0.0625″ to 1″, which gives it the ability to sharpen a wide range of curved tools. You can use the Diamond Wave dry or with water.
DMT makes the Diamond Wave in the USA. Available in fine (25-micron/600 mesh) or extra-fine (9-micron/1200-mesh), pricing starts at $47 shipped for either “stone.”
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TM has discussed sharpeners before, like the folding pocket sharpener and Carbee, but Smith’s PP1 Pocket Pal Sharpener includes carbide, ceramic, and diamond options. And, as the name might suggest, it fits in your pocket. Both the carbide blades (for quick edge setting) and the ceramic stones (for finishing the edge) have v-shaped slots, and are reversible and replaceable. The 400-grit diamond tapered round rod folds out and can be used on both standard and serrated blades (or to smooth out that nick in the rim of your favorite beer glass). The PP1 is available on some sites for $7, but the shipping will likely overwhelm that price unless you buy some other stuff.
Is this multi-function sharpener useful enough to carry in your pocket (or toolbox)? What do you think?
Do we really need more stuff in our pockets? We already have keys, cell phones, knives, multi-tools, wallets, change, and even Pocket Chisels. So now FastCap recently introduced yet another tool we can stuff into our bulging pants: a pocket diamond sharpener. This double-sided 300 and 600 grit diamond sharpener sports the same folding handle FastCap uses on their pocket chisels.
Even if you don’t have room in your pocket, the folding handles do serve another purpose. They fold over the diamond stone on heavy-duty stainless steel pins to protect it from unintentional wear or, possibly, to protect everything else in your pants, pouch, or toolbox from the diamond stone.
Fastcap makes the Pocket Diamond Sharpener in the USA and claims it’ll last a lifetime. It’ll run you about $25, or you can buy it with a set of four pocket chisels for about $80.
To get the best quality cut out of your lawn mower, you’ve got to keep the blade sharp — but it’s not exactly easy holding that thin sheet of rusty metal at just the right angle over the rapidly spinning abrasive stone on your bench grinder, without losing a finger or at the very least taking a bite out of your blade’s cutting edge. Lawn-conscious consumers can make the job safer and easier with Dremel’s lawn mower and garden tool sharpening attachment.
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Sharp tools make the job go easier; you’re less likely to injure yourself and also less likely to damage the tool and whatever you’re working on. My last system was a good set of water stones, but keeping the stones flat was a hassle. This Trend Diamond Sharpening Kit looks like a complete set that might be easier to maintain.
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Chicago Electric makes this inexpensive chainsaw sharpener that sells for $35 at Harbor Freight. Sure, the quality of tools purchased from Harbor Freight can be suspect, but how can you screw up a chainsaw sharpener?
The 0.5″ to 0.8″ capacity vice on this sharpener adjusts from 0-35° to the right or left. The 115V, 0.75A ball bearing motor spins the 4-1/4″-diameter by 1/8″-thick grinding wheel at 4,200 RPM. A safety guard covers most of the wheel, exposing only the section that comes into contact with the chain. You can either hold the sharpener in a vise or mount it to your bench or garage wall.
The question before us today: Can buying this cheap chainsaw sharpener be a better deal than doing it the old-fashioned way with a guide and a file? Or does doing it yourself even make sense when you can pay $10 for a professional to do it? Let us know what you think in comments.
Sharpening hand tools takes either skill and practice or expensive equipment. And unless you’re going to recreate the bevel free-hand, setting up the guide also takes time. M.Power designed their Precision Sharpening System (PSS1) to provide an easy and inexpensive way to quickly put the edge back on your tools.
Instead of running the tool across a diamond abrasive stone, M.Power’s PSS1 holds the tool stationary and you move the diamond stone across the cutting edge. You can sharpen chisels and plane irons from 1/8″ to 2-1/2″ wide.
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