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
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.
BIGGER AND BETTER
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