The “Hunter Honer” knife sharpening system is a simple and unique adaptation of the knife sharpening steel. As the images will show there are two nitrated ‘steels’ are crossed at the right angle to sharpen knives, held in a plastic holder, which also has a safety guard to prevent accidental cuts to the person sharpening the knife. The steel rods which are set at 21 degrees take all the guess work out of sharpening, and sharpen both sides of the knife simultaneously.
According to the advertising it takes 5 years to wear down any given spot on the steel rods, and it is a simple rotation of the rod to have another new sharpening edge, so they come with a limited lifetime guarantee.
The “Hunter Honer” brochure shows it being used to sharpen knives, scissors, fish hooks, broadheads, even serrated knives. The advertising claim implies it requires little skill or knowledge to use the sharpener, and to ensure that there are adequate instructions and even a video on a CD to ensure that the buyer learns how to use it correctly.
This small US based company run by Bob LeBeau has a substantial and impressive list of knife manufacturers and custom knife makers who endorse this sharpening system.
This American made product the “Hunter Honer” has a RRP of $29.95
Now for the field test:
The instructions do suggest a light oiling of the knife or article to be sharpened, and from the attached slideshow one can see there a couple of different ways to use this system.
There are several references to light and dead center strokes, and this IS the key to putting an edge on a knife with this system. If the instructions are followed implicitly, this sharpener will put a good serviceable edge on a dull knife. However, like many other knife sharpening systems it is possible by applying too much pressure to cause chatter and thereby to serrate an edge.
Now, is the tool this writer would use at home to put a fine edge on a knife before the hunt?
This writer uses a another system that takes more time to put an edge on a knife, but puts a finer edge on a knife using two ceramic sticks, requiring greater skill, and only sharpens one side at a time. The system definitely is not a system to carry around in a backpack, being both heavier and requires assembly so far less convenient in the field.
However, is this the light weight tool to carry in one’s backpack to put an edge back on a knife that has been used, during the gutting/skinning process?
This writer has carried a Hunter Honer for several years in his backpack, used it any times on hunts in California and New Zealand, and in fact has given several away to other hunter friends. The knife sharpener is as easy and as effective as the manufacturer claims. This hunter would not be caught without his.