A year ago, I wrote about choosing knives for a galley and included a bit about being sure to get a good sharpener to go with it.
One of my recommendation was the DMT FSKF Diafold Serrated Knife Sharpener – Fine, available on Amazon (photo below). I still recommend it. I particularly like it for three reasons:
- It’s a diamond sharpener and they work really well to hone knives;
- It’s small and the handles fold to protect the sharpening surface; and
- It can sharpen both straight and serrated knives
The fact that it’s a lot less expensive than many other steels that don’t do as much is only a plus.
I recently discovered that the manufacturer, DMT, has put out a YouTube video on how to use this sharpener to sharpen a serrated knife (below). If you watch clear through to the end (I know, it’s a bit long-winded), it also demonstrates how to use this tool to sharpen a non-serrated blade. I had a sharpener very similar to this on Que Tal (I think it was a previous model) and loved it . . . but it stayed on the boat for the new owners.
Keeping your knives sharp not only saves labor but, oddly enough, is actually a safety item. You’re much less likely to cut yourself if your knife cuts easily and cleanly. And if you ever have to sever a line under tension — as I once did in a near disaster aboard a friend’s boat — being able to do so like “a hot knife through butter” could save a boat, if not lives.Some links above (including all Amazon links) are affiliate links, meaning that I earn from qualifying purchases. Learn more.