Lansky Butterfly Sharpener
LANSKY BUTTERFLY SHARPENER
Opinions about as to what the best tool is for sharpening, and how to go about it. If you want to join the fray or watch read the fury as a lurker, go online. Otherwise, get this baby. It's not the only sharpener we use—we have a bunch that we bought in the early experimental days, and we try to use them all, and it's fun to run an ax through the gauntlet of them; but limited to one and with half an eye on the budget, this is our best-fav, and here's why:
• No water or oil required, so it's not messy.
• It folds, so it's easy to carry.
• They've got the safety and ergonomics dialed. It's feels good and you'd have to try hard to cut yourself when you flip the head and grind toward the blade.
• Diamond bits magically connected to steel.
If you have an ax (or a knife), you need this. Two sides—medium and fine grit. I/Grant have sharpened ax heads at least 150 times with one, and it seems unfazed.