Monthly Archives: March 2016

A Sharpener Worth Talking About…The SharpensBest.

There are few products on the market that I will go out of my way to tell people about. When I do, it is because I believe in the product, and it is totally sincere. There have been three different companies that have been contacted, just to tell them how impressed I am with what they carry. This has led to good relationships with all three. Now there is a fourth that I would like to take the opportunity to tell you about….the SharpensBest  knife and tool sharpener! Visit their site at While you are there, check out all the videos of this sharpener in action!

I had mentioned this product on my previous blog, our radio show, and on Facebook, but wanted to go into a little better description.

I came across this amazing little product at a sport-show I was attending, well over a year ago. There was a booth that had a crowd standing there, stretching their necks to get a better view of what was going on. So with my neck stretched out too, I watched and listened while Brad Buckner demonstrated the SharpensBest. We all watched as he used this little item, with extreme ease, to put a razor’s edge on many different blades. People were also handing him their dull pocket knives, and were getting them handed back with a great edge on them. I found this almost to good to be true. As an avid outdoorsman, there is always a need to be able to sharpen knives, tools and more….so I bought a couple of them, just to check it out for myself. The crowd kept coming,… as people would buy and leave, new people would fill in quickly. I wanted to talk with Brad about these sharpeners, but there was no way he could take the time, I took my sharpeners and moved on.

After getting home from the show, I was very anxious to try out the SharpensBest on several different blades, and find out for myself if they worked as good as it seemed. I wanted to test it on pocket knives, hunting and fillet knives, and some kitchen knives.

I could not believe the results!! Within a very short time, I had put a razor’s edge on everything I tried it on!! It will take care of straight edged blades, serrated knives, scissors, curved blades, and almost any other blade you can think of!!  And it could not be any easier to use…you simply sweep, or brush, the blade with soft pressure. The lighter the pressure, the finer the edge. To keep, maintain, or fine tune an already good edge,…just follow the existing bevel on the blade. For knives in terrible shape, you can put a completely new edge or bevel on a blade.

The SharpensBest is held at a slight angle when being used, not flat against the blade, and then tilted forward slightly also. This is the easiest sharpener to use that I have ever seen before, and the results will blow you away! You just lightly brush your way to a razor edge, all the way to the very tip. There are different models to suit different needs, but they all work the same. There are types that are the size of a 50 cent piece, that fit right on your key-chain. Another model slightly bigger with a rectangular shape, also has the edge shaper on it also. That is the V-shaped notch on the sides of all models other than the poker-chip. This feature can be used on badly damaged blades, to get a basic bevel, but be careful…this can remove a lot of material from the blade…a soft touch is best!!

The Sharp-n-Spark is a larger model that also has a quality fire-starter rod in the handle,…and it works very well!! Another model, the Sharp-n-Spark Mini, is just a little smaller than it’s big brother, and also has a bottle opener built in. Both of these models fit in the hand very well, and both are still pocket sized.

After more than a year of sharpening knives, and I mean a lot of knives, my SharpensBest is still like brand new!  Brad Buckner has been doing many events, for several years, thousands of knives, and still uses the same sharpener for demonstrations! They just don’t seem to wear out…… another good reason to be happy with this device. I wish I would have known about these a lot sooner,…could have saved a lot a sharpening time over the years.

I had to go to a very large sport-show recently, and looked ahead of time at the exhibitor list to see if Brad would be there, so I could buy several of these sharpeners for people that wanted them, and tell him in person how much I like the SharpensBest. Unfortunately, he was not on the list, so after getting on the computer to find some numbers to call, I was given Brad’s number, and I gave him a call.  He picked up the phone after a couple rings, and we started to have a long chat, and got acquainted with what we are both about, and have been building a good friendship since. He is a very down to earth guy, that has worked hard to get these products out on the market. Brad also has great people working with him, that are just as enthusiastic about getting this product out to the public. It is a privilege to get acquainted with people like this.

As a result of a few conversations, and in an interest to build good relations, and let people know about this fantastic product, Brad has put a link to my website,  on theirs, and also a link to Northwest Iowa Outdoors. And it gets better yet! If you go to to make an order,…use the promo code MALM or MALM10 in the coupon box when checking out, you will get a 10% discount off your purchase price! If your order is for $20 or more, will get your choice for one of many valuable and useful bonus gifts! Don’t miss out on this great offer!!

Northwest Iowa Outdoors publishes an outdoor magazine relating to all the hunting, fishing and other outdoor sports in our area. Not only do I write a few articles for the magazine,…I am also the co-host of their radio show Outdoors with John, a talk show relating to all the same. I do the fishing side of things, and John does the gun/hunting side. It’s a fun show. For the last two weeks we have talked a little about the SharpensBest. You can hear those programs anytime by going to the NWIO website. All broadcasts are there. In our area, you can hear it live on Sat. mornings at 7 a.m. on AM station 1360 KSCJ out of Sioux City, Iowa. Tune in for the trivia question of the week to win a prize!!

Well, that’s about it for this time around. I just wanted to let everybody know about another fantastic product that is not exposed enough.  I hope you all have a great warm weather season!!

I will check back in soon!!  Thanks everybody!!


A Great Start To The 2016 Fishing Season,….And More!!

It has been a while since I have updated my blog page with everything that has been going on…..but it’s good to be busy!! Things have been going well here at Malm Fishing Services and things are expanding all the time!

I hope you all had a good winter season, and that you did well on the ice! There were many happy clients here in Iowa. Although the ice-season was a little short,..there was no shortage of fish being caught! Buckets of bull bluegills and slab crappies were the prime targets here locally,…and there was no shortage of either!! Piles of nice fish to put smiles on chilly faces!!  All clients were very happy with the results on the ice!!

Now that warmer weather has decided to show up a little early this year, the spring season is starting off with a bang!! Lots of big fish being caught already! Big pike, big bass, good walleyes, more slab crappies, and even hooking into a couple big musky!! Many happy clients already! What a way to start the season!! The water levels are high everywhere, with many bodies of water being bank full! Several are so high, that they are out of their banks! As far as the rivers go, water levels are high enough that back-waters are filled up, and there are actually spawning grounds for pike and musky this year. This is the first time in the last 4-5 years that these fish have had proper conditions to make more little fish! Hopefully, this will help bring the numbers back up again. It has been very easy to tell that there has been a drop in these fish. They have still been caught, but not the size and numbers that we have been used to. The way things are looking, that problem is about to fix itself!!

Another exciting change, is a new radio show! The show is called Outdoors with John,…on AM station 1360 KSCJ out of Sioux City, Iowa. I am the co-host of the show. The host, John Hackett, does the hunting-shooting side of things, and I do the fishing-camping side. It is put out by Northwest Iowa Outdoors, who I have had the pleasure of working with for the last few years.This is a show with lots useful info about the outdoor sports that we all love. People can call in with questions or comments at any time. We do a trivia question every week, and give out prizes for correct answers. This is a fun show, with good topics, and good info! Give us a call at the station!!

Many other things happening here, too.  For the last couple years , I have been a rep for IceGator Augers, and these electric augers can out-perform any ice auger on the market. Everyone has been amazed, and very happy with them!  I am also on the pro-staff for StowMaster Premium Landing Nets from Norsemen Outdoors. These are the best nets I have ever used over the years. They are a net that  folds up to stow out of the way easily, but can be deployed fast and easy, too. With very little practice, it can be done with one hand!! I have these nets for the kayaks, as well as all the way up to the big nets for big pike and musky. This is another great product from another great company, and I am happy to work with them!

Recently, I have had the privilege of getting acquainted with some great people from another company that puts out an amazing product! The SharpensBEST is a pocket sharpener that can tackle almost any sharpening job you have! Not only knives of every blade shape and style,…but scissors, tools, serrated knives, and even bigger jobs like an axe or machete!! It is safe, simple, and easy to use. Since they come in several styles that can all be carried easily, you will always be able to keep a sharp edge, no matter where you are! This is such an amazing product, that everyone who spends any time in the outdoors should have one on hand. Some styles can be carried on your keys, and are no bigger than a 50 cent piece! I will be posting another blog to more fully explain this product,…be sure to check it out!  You can take a closer look at these amazing sharpeners at  And when you make a purchase on their site, if you enter MALM, or MALM10, in the coupon space,…you will get an extra 10% off your purchase!! If your order is more than $20,…you will also get a very useful gift of your choice,…and there are many to choose from!! This is another great product with great people behind it, and I am very happy to be associated with them!

I hope everyone is getting geared up for a great warm weather season! Too many people have their faces buried in a smart phone or tablet these days, and are completely missing out on the real world around them. Don’t let this happen to you!! You cannot personally experience the best things in life on a video screen! Get out and enjoy life while you can!!  If you don’t do it now,…you will regret it later!!

It is time to get gear ready, get the boats ready, get the kayaks out, and have some fun!! If anyone is interested in having a great time outdoors,..give me a call or send me a message anytime! I hope everyone has a great summer!