Worksharp VS Veritas MK.II

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Blog entry by Ottawamike posted 03-09-2010 02:39 AM 2064 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m looking for a sharpener for my plane irons and chisels. I looked at the Worksharp 3000 and the Veritas MK.II. They both look good, the Veritas is over $100 more than the Worksharp. Is the Veritas that much better?


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#1 posted 03-09-2010 02:57 AM

I know the MK II had better reviews in the woodworking mags. I was going to point you to this review, but the video appears to be missing. Hopefully Tom will put it back up.

There are quite a few reviews of the worksharp.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 03-09-2010 04:34 AM

I have both. The MH II is the more accurate of the two in setting up angles and comming back to the original angle. Thw worksharp is motr versital. I use the MK II for my plane irons only. I think I paid around $65 for the MK II from Lee Valley.

-- WOOD/DON ( has the right to ones opinion but not the right to ones own facts...)

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#3 posted 03-09-2010 04:59 AM

I also have the MK II and recommend it. I purchased the Pro Cabinetmaker’s Sharpening Set which included the MK II ($156). Included in the set are 2 King water stones – 800 & 4000 – which are very good, a piece of tempered glass, a plastic overlay for on top of the glass, 2 stone holders (which are kind of clutsy to use) and 90x grit for lapping. The honing guide is easy to set up for a number of bevels. It also includes very simple instructions for doing the back bevel. After sharpening my irons I was able to plane an awesome ribbon off of a piece of oak.

After looking at the Worksharp video it looks cool, but I have a heck of a time freehand sharpening (which I use to do). I also have 38 and 50 degree bevel irons which I see the Worksharp does not have presets for. As for the dry vs wet sharpening – I guess I’m a traditionalist. Plus doing it by hand vs machine allows me more control over sharpening (I’ve ground new pencils down to the nub with electric pencil sharpeners).

Also look at how important it is to back bevel a plane iron. has a number of videos about planing and sharpening plane irons. I don’t think the Worksharp makes allowances for that.

OK … my 2 cents

-- Don

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#4 posted 03-10-2010 12:32 AM

I only hand sharpen without any guides and it is the fastest and easiest method if you know how. I don’t obsess on sharpening.

I only use a diamond plate with 600 and 1000 grit and water as lubricant. I know the water stones do a little better job, but since I use less than a minute to hone a chisel or plane iron back to hair removing sharp I don’t mind and I get really good results.

I am still amazed that I can now do this as I had tried on and off for years without success until I saw a video on how to hold the chisels and plane irons for hand sharpening and I never looked back. The video was on a hand tool website. You might think me ungrateful, but I can’t remember the website’s name.
Hand sharpening is a skill well worth mastering considering the time and effort it saves. I hope this doesn’t sound like bragging because I am certainly not a gifted woodworker or tool user. I have the MKII from Lee Valley too. It works well but I don’t need it anymore.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 03-16-2010 05:57 PM

It’s been awhile … which one did you decide to get?

-- Don

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#6 posted 03-16-2010 06:05 PM

here’s another option:

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#7 posted 03-17-2010 02:21 AM

I’m still looking at both of them, the motorized Lee Valley MK II has an 8-inch disk and may be a better buy. I found a review on the Lee Valley motorized MK II, in Fine Woodworking. The review is very good, but they are not comparing it to the Worksharp. The worksharp has many good reviews in different woodworking magazines. The 6-inch disk could be a problem when sharpening large plane irons.

The worksharp is on sale until the end of the month. The sale price makes the Worksharp $130 cheaper than the Lee Valley. I still have a few days to decide which one I will get.

Thanks for the comments,


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