A pocketknife is the perfect tool to cut rope, fillet a fish, or whittle a stick. But a dull knife is dangerous. You have to push harder to cut with a dull blade, and the knife is more likely to slip and slice your finger. Ouch! The good news is that it's easy to keep your knife sharp.
Always get permission from an adult before using or sharpening a pocketknife.
You can find a sharpening stone — also called a whetstone — at most hardware stores. Look for a stone that has rough grit on one side and smooth grit on the other.
Heat can damage the blade of your knife. Applying oil to the sharpening stone reduces friction, which cuts down the heat you produce while sharpening your knife.
Run your finger over both sides of the sharpening stone. One side will feel rougher than the other. Lay the stone on a sturdy table with the rough side up.
Angie Daly Morfeld
Nichole LeClair Terrill