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#1 posted 03-13-2010 06:32 PM

I new that question was going to get asked. I never used a Tormek until the other day and it’s an outstanding sharpener and has tones of good reviews. I also got to use the WS for the first time. I always thought the WS was just a gimmick (not sure why), even after reading so many good reviews. This is why I changed my mind.

1. No water to deal with
2. Don’t really need to hollow grind my blades
3. When my tool gets dull just hit a few times with the WS and its razor sharp again
4. Small enough to sit on my bench ready to go
5. Money saved got me a Lie-Nielsen plane and Pax dovetail saw.

Bottom line:
I wanted to get something that would make a chisel/plane iron razor sharp and more importantly that I will “USE” and not have to go through a bunch of steps to sharpen a chisel in the middle of a project. The WS just seemed to fit the bill.

Doesn’t the outside remove material faster than the inside?
All I can tell you is that when you sharpen a 2”wide chisel, its flat, square and sharp. That’s all I need to know. Maybe someone can chime in for a better answer to your question.

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