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A decent sharpener, but be careful!

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Review by StumpyNubs posted 09-07-2013 08:03 PM 3718 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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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#1 posted 09-08-2013 01:36 AM

I may need to get one of these.
A sharp knife is a must….
For effective back stabbing!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 09-08-2013 12:54 PM

I have one and it is the best sharpener I ever had.

-- Dick F,Burg Iowa

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#3 posted 09-08-2013 04:03 PM

This tool is on my short list. It’s only a few dollars more than the knife sharpening attachment that fits on a WS3000. The “stand-alone” sharpener looks like it will work better too.

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#4 posted 09-08-2013 04:46 PM

Is it really that quiet or was it not running when you ran the knife through? Is the grinding angle fixed or adjustable? Any problems rounding off the tips of your knives?

Also, disappointed that you didn’t slice a tomato at the end :)

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#5 posted 09-08-2013 05:10 PM

It’s actually pretty loud. It takes a little practice, but getting the ends of the knives isn’t a problem once you get the hang of it. Sorry, I didn’t want tomato juice on my bench!

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#6 posted 09-08-2013 05:27 PM

Stumpy…talk to your wife. She probably knows about these new things called ‘plates” Keeps the juice off the bench. Hope that helps!!!

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#7 posted 09-08-2013 05:30 PM

Thanks for info. A little juice on the bench, bah, just tell everyone it’s blood!

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#8 posted 09-08-2013 06:23 PM

Well done Stumpy

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#9 posted 09-09-2013 02:33 PM

I’ve been interested in these for a long time, so thanks for the review!

The big question for me is this: Is it southpaw-friendly? I’m lefthanded and I’ve read other reviews that suggest it’s awkward for people with my particular gift/affliction.

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#10 posted 09-09-2013 04:07 PM

I have this tool for a while and it is great. Also being a lefty, it one problem is sharpening true left handed scissors. Being a sailmaker it would be a great asset if it could, i just have to free-hand it.
Otherwise a great tool, even though the belts are a little high priced.

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#11 posted 09-09-2013 06:39 PM

Good one Stumps. Thnx fer yer 2-cents

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#12 posted 09-09-2013 06:59 PM

That’s a pretty sharp accessory. Thanks for not juicing it up.

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