|Review by StumpyNubs||posted 09-07-2013 08:03 PM||3551 views||1 time favorited||12 comments|
My Work Sharp has a knife sharpening attachment, but the missus doesn’t always want to go out the the shop to sharpen her kitchen knives. So I thought I’d try out the Work Sharp Knife and Tool Sharpener. Besides, i’m a sucker for anything that comes in one of those fancy canvass tool bags!
It’s a self contained, hand held machine that comes out of the drawer and plugs into the wall in seconds faster than you can say “get out the knife sharpener and plug it into the wall”. It’s got a hand-grip that makes you think it’s meant to be held up in the air during use, but it’s actually better operated sitting on the counter. When you pull the trigger you’ll be surprised at the power, and it should be wielded carefully. Not because it’s dangerous, there’s a handy cover to keep fingers and hair away from the belt and pulleys, but because it can grind a knife down to a nub in no time with the course belts. I learned that the hard way!
Speaking of belts, the system uses the same 1/2” wide abrasive belts that the WS2000 and WS3000 knife sharpening attachments use. The 80 grit is for… I’m not entirely sure, maybe rusty garden shears, because that sucker will eat a kitchen knife fast. For really dull knives, use the 220 grit, and stick with the 6000 for regular touch-ups. The belts are easy to change and seem to last a reasonably long time.
In use, the system is pretty handy. With a pair of guides built into the belt cover you can get a pretty consistent bevel with just a few strokes. It’ll actually take you longer to get it out and put it away than it will to hone an edge. There’s a separate guide you attach for garden tools, it even sharpens scissors, lawn mower blades, and it makes a serviceable hand grinder for those tight to reach spaces.
In a nutshell, it’s a pretty good system for around the house or on vacation. I do suggest practicing with some cheap knives before you start grinding on the wife’s handmade Japanese cutlery!
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