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#1 posted 05-08-2013 11:31 AM

”My goal is to have sharp tools in the most convenient manner possible and in the shortest time possible.”

IMO, waterstones are not particularly convenient. They do a beautiful job of sharpening and cut very quickly. But the water element and flattening make it a PITA. I adopted diamond stones and a leather strop because I feel it works 95% as well as waterstones, with less hassles.
However, given the choice between waterstones and worksharp. I’d probably go with the WS. Seems like the easier of the two options. I too like the sharpening process to be quick n’ easy.

Sidenote: I wouldn’t let one single tool dictate which sharpening system you adopt or discard. I assume you don’t have to sharpen that 2 1/4” blade on a daily basis. You could always do the bulk of your sharpening on the WS, and use a cheap/simple scary sharp set-up for that particular blade.

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