Pros: Durability, Effectiveness, Ease of Use
Cons: Overall Quality, None
I just bought one of these, and I love it. Mine has the kershaw logo in white with the part number on the side. It is actually much larger than I imagined, having used other diamond rods before. This is a 600 grit diamond oval sharpener, with a roughly 4" length and 1/2" width. It is extremely light. The surface appears to be uninterrupted over the entire steel, allowing one to use the sides to sharpen serrations if need be. The steel is set into a larger diameter union piece that screws onto the top of a short tube. To use the rod, unscrew the "cap", remove the rod from the tube, turn it around and screw it back on. This is the perfect length for most pocket knives in the 1"-5" blade category. Its 600 grit is also great for giving a slightly toothy edge that cuts beautifully, but is not great for returning a damaged edge to working order. Get a rod with a coarser grit for that. I gave this product a '4' because the rod that came in mine is slightly offcenter, tilting in one direction which makes it rub against the inside of the tube when it is fully screwed in. Other than that, this is a great travel sharpener, and mine already has a home in my Blackhawk! A.T. briefcase. If you really love a keen edge, get this and 4 or 5" ceramic rod for the fine tuning, and you'll be good to go.