Have you ever wondered if an electric knife sharpener is worth the investment? Will it really do as good a job as hours behind a whetstone in only a few short minutes? Read on and find out. We take the Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpener for a test drive – and you might be surprised with the results.
I have a confession to make – I have been admiring the Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpener (WSKTS) from afar for some time now. A co-worker had one and would occasionally bring it to work, offering to sharpen anyone’s knife just so he could show it off. No, I never took him up on his offer. I never gave into temptation. But I did wonder what it would be like to sharpen my trusty folder in only a few quick swipes.
I recently experienced a moment of weakness. An infomercial was on, the movie I was waiting for had not yet started and I found myself not only watching but reaching for the computer. In only a few minutes I had ordered my very own WSKTS and 2 days later it was on my doorstep. As much as I hate to admit it, I was excited. I couldn’t wait to see if it truly worked as well as advertised.
As I unpacked it I found it was sturdier than I expected. This is more than a knife sharpener, it is a tiny grinder. While I was impressed with the construction, the fact that I was holding a miniature grinder scared me a bit. I started to have visions of the edge, and half the blade, disappearing as I drew my favorite knife over the spinning abrasive belt. I put my apprehensions aside and continued to unpack.
Included were two guides – one for kitchen or utility knives and the other for outdoor and tactical knives. Both are labeled for easy reference and the included User Guide offers clear, easy to understand instructions. Getting a fine edge requires multiple sharpening passes with different belts of varying levels of abrasion. To allow out of the box use, your WSKTS comes complete with three different grit belts. Others and replacements can be ordered from the company website.
It was time. Everything was unpacked, I had read over the User’s Guide and had a few old knives in need of a new edge. Following the instructions, I snapped the proper guide in place, laid the blade in place, turned on the belt, and steadily pulled it through. Repeat and switch sides until a burr develops. Switch to lighter grit and repeat again, one stroke per side until you reach the desired sharpness. It really was as easy as they said and the edge was even better than I expected. No, not as fine as I get after an evening behind a stone but much better than I expected in a few short minutes. Before I knew it, I had sharpened everything within reach; I think I might have turned a butter knife into a lethal weapon without even thinking about it.
I have to admit I was hooked. Will it replace my sharpening stones? No. There are some knives I will never sharpen with anything else, but I will allow me to keep a fine edge on my EDC folders without devoting an evening to doing so.
• Lightweight and easy to use, either on a flat surface or even in freehand
• Quality results in a fraction of the time
• Includes easy to follow, concise instructions
• Some users claim it scratched their finer blades. I can’t say as I have not yet used on anything but EDC or lower quality utility blades.
• Replacement blades must be ordered from a website
Overall, I found the WSKTS easy to use and suitable for a wide range of blades from my EDC folder to a small ax that was laying on the workbench. Changing belts was easy thanks to the spring tension roller that pulls down and locks out of the way. Almost anyone could use this sharpener and obtain professional results. While it is unlikely to become my only sharpener, it will be one I turn to often.
Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.
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