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I have this one. It has medium grit (like SPYDERCO brown rods) and is pretty adequate to obtain decent working edge. If your knife is not blunted heavily or damaged you will be able to sharpen it with no contraindication.
With no contraindication doesn't mean easy in this case. Tri-Seps is pretty tricky to work with, especially for non-experienced user. The angle guide works very clumsy, in fact you have to sharpen free hand on a very short sharpening surface. This is an opposite side of diminutive size and ease to carry.
However you have a possibility to sharpen each kind of edge (plain, serrated, recurved) and additionally darts, fishhooks and another pointed tools.
Reassuming low cost and light weight I can say certainly - this is very size- and cost efficient field sharpener. If you are able to work with it - it will serve you decently.
My apologies for the shameless sales pitch (just couldn't help myself). Spyderco is making half size "ProFiles" (4" long) in white & brown in a split leather case. Should be out very shortly (Dec). They are already in the 2001 catalog. They offer IMO more sharpening capability than the competition.
Thanks for this info. I'm definitely voting on ProFiles in comparison with Tri-Seps because they:
1. Have two grits
2. Allow to put them onto flat sturdy base and to work much more comfortably than with Tri-Seps which you should hold in your hand. I'm assuming that main work should be done on the flat surface anyway.