The Blade­tech G2 Vivo will keep all your blades su­per-sharp, says the ed­i­tor

This sim­ple tool is all you need for a very sharp knife, the ed­i­tor says

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The only knife worth us­ing is a sharp one, so the ques­tion is how to keep yours that way. There is a mas­sive choice of sharp­en­ers on sale out there, which can be com­plex and ex­pen­sive, but a well- made, yet sim­ple one is all most of us need. The trick is to un­der­stand how to use them. The clas­sic Blade­tech has two pol­ished tung­sten car­bide blocks set at the cor­rect ‘V’ an­gle through which you draw your edge. Okay, that sounds sim­ple, which it is, but it can be done right and it can be done wrongly. The trick is to set the sharp­ener on a solid edge, like a bench or a ta­ble, and LIGHTLY draw the edge through whilst keep­ing the blade ver­ti­cal. Just a few strokes per side are needed be­fore check­ing to see how you’re pro­gress­ing.

Please do not press down hard as you’re work­ing be­cause you might well end up re­mov­ing an un­nec­es­sary amount of blade steel, or worse still, caus­ing notches to form. The blocks are much harder than stain­less or car­bon steel and cut fast enough with­out re­sort­ing to pres­sure to speed up the job. Less re­ally is more in this si­t­u­a­tion, and a lit­tle pa­tience will be well re­warded.


The cur­rent gen­er­a­tion Blade­tech sharp­ener is some­what larger than the orig­i­nal, mak­ing it much eas­ier to hold. How­ever, the body is made from alu­minium, so it weighs prac­ti­cally noth­ing and at 100 x 36mm will eas­ily fit into a pocket. Be­cause it’s so sim­ple, there are no fid­dly bits to lose or wear out and it’s avail­able in blaze or­ange, as you see in the pho­tos, so that if you do drop it, it will be easy to see, even in long grass or leaf lit­ter.

These sharp­en­ers not only work well, but they’re also re­ally great value for money. I know a cou­ple of peo­ple who have one in the car’s glove box and an­other in their gun slip, so that a quick sharp­en­ing job can be done at any time, any­where. They’re cheap enough to have a few dot­ted around your shoot­ing life, plus one in the kitchen drawer for do­mes­tic du­ties.

The Blade­tech G2 Vivo you see here is a sub­tle, yet worth­while evo­lu­tion of the old one we know and love, and is all the bet­ter for it. It will keep your work­ing blades sharp with just the small­est amount of ef­fort, and will last and last. Highly rec­om­mended.

ABOVE: Slowly does it for best re­sults

IN­SET: De­spite the in­crease in size it will still fit your pocket eas­ily

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