Portable pocket sharpeners from DMT and Eze-Lap for sharpening knives and tools in the field.

At the opposite end of the severity scale, among the keychain sharpeners, are the DMT Mini-Sharp folding sharpener and the Eze-Lap small diamond musat. 

Portable pocket sharpeners from DMT and Eze-Lap for sharpening knives and tools in the field.

The DMT Mini-Sharp folding sharpener is already a very effective tool for its size. Its working surface with a length of 70 mm and a width of 25 mm allows you to properly correct and even sharpen the blade of a small and not too dull knife. Moreover, the folding handle, which serves as a cover at the same time, makes it possible to work relatively conveniently and safely. Both on a hard surface and on weight or on the knee.

Portable pocket sharpeners from DMT and Eze-Lap for sharpening knives and tools in the field.

The manufacturer offers these miniature devices of all grains, ranging from coarse-grained (x-coarse, black). Through coarse-grained (coarse, blue) and fine-grained (fine, red, top in the picture), right down to very fine-grained (x-fine, green, bottom in the picture). The first two I would ignore, the working surfaces are too small for serious sharpening operations, requiring the use of coarse and coarse-grained abrasives. Although, also not so definitely. Having in my hands a fairly blunt ax and decent work that this ax needs to be done, I would clearly prefer to sweat a bit by sharpening it with a miniature coarse-grained device. Than sweating while cutting with a blunt ax.

Portable pocket sharpeners from DMT and Eze-Lap for sharpening knives and tools in the field.

The Eze-Lap’s miniature Diamond D shaped shaft Model S in the stowed position is shorter than a fountain pen and weighs even less. There is also something about a dollar five. Nevertheless, the 60 mm length of a medium-grained diamond abrasive (about 400-500, although I personally would probably prefer 600-700) will make it possible to sharpen a pocket folding quite efficiently and quite safely.

What is also favored by the relatively large tubular handle. In which the Eze-Lap abrasive is hiding in an inoperative position. The cross-section of the abrasive in its shape resembles the Latin letter D and hence the name Eze-Lap. This is completely out of place. Since it is the flat part that allows sharpening to be more accurate and confident than on a round rod of so small diameter.

Portable pocket sharpeners from DMT and Eze-Lap for sharpening knives and tools in the field.

Eze-Lap can grind serrated blades on the convex surface of the Diamond D shaped shaft Model S from Eze-Lap. At least theoretically. And in the very middle of the abdomen of the letter D, we find a narrow longitudinal groove that helps sharpen point points. So many possibilities in such a small device. Well, how can you not get lost almost to tears !? Seriously speaking, I have no idea if you will need to grind fishing hooks in this … hotel room with this groove. But you can just file your nails cool.

Excerpt from the book of Sergei Mitin How to sharpen knives.
Published with the consent of the author.

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