Review Of The Work Sharp Knife Sharpener And Work Sharp WSKTS-KO Knife Review

At 4.7 stars it’s got to be good. Or is it?

A belt sander is an extremely useful tool, both for sharpening knives and for many other things. A belt sander is the tool of choice for many professional knife sharpeners. Of course you need to get the right one to use for sharpening a knife.Work Sharp Knife Sharpener is Big Powerful Tool you can sharpening different type of blade for Whet

Sharpening a knife is just about passing the blade of the knife, or more specifically the edge of the blade, over a coarse surface to the point where some metal is removed and the edge is restored. And a belt sander is almost uniquely placed to do that quickly and effectively

However despite the fact that a belt sander can very quickly and effectively sharpen a knife it can also very quickly and effectively ruin an edge. Because it is so effective it is also very quick, when used in the wrong hands, to make a mess of your edge.

One of the major reasons for this is that, as we have observed elsewhere on our website, one of the most crucial aspects of sharpening a knife properly is to make sure that the blade is held at the correct angle. Hold a blade at the wrong angle and you won’t get a sharp knife no matter how good the sharpener is.

And as well as holding the knife at the wrong angle it’s also possible to ruin the temper of the blade on a belt sander by overheating the blade.

However despite the fact that a belt sander can very quickly and effectively sharpen a knife it can also very quickly and effectively ruin an edge. Because it is so effective it is also very quick, when used in the wrong hands, to make a mess of your edge.

One of the major reasons for this is that, as we have observed elsewhere on our website, one of the most crucial aspects of sharpening a knife properly is to make sure that the blade is held at the correct angle. Hold a blade at the wrong angle and you won’t get a sharp knife no matter how good the sharpener is.

And as well as holding the knife at the wrong angle it’s also possible to ruin the temper of the blade on a belt sander by overheating the blade.

So if you want to sharpen your axe, garden shears, shovel, mower blades, scissors or any other common tool with a metal blade you can, provided you can hold the blade up to the sharpener or get the sharpener to the blade, sharpen it using this tool.

First let’s consider the problems of holding your knife at the correct angle. This knife sharpener comes with dedicated guides for both outdoor knives and kitchen knives. The outdoor knife sharpener is set at 50 degrees (i.e. 25 degrees for either bevel) and the kitchen knife sharpener is set at 40 degrees (20 degrees for either bevel).

(Note: There is a more expensive edition of this sharpener that gives you the option of varying the angle from 15 to 30 degrees. To find out more CLICK HERE)

Hold your knife against the guide and you’ve covered the problem of getting the angle wrong. It’s the same way many knife sharpeners work, they have some form of guide to make sure you hold your knife at the exact correct angle.

And then there’s the problem of losing the temper on your knife. The Work Sharp has a very narrow belt and it’s not necessary to press hard on the knife so this will result in much less overheating than would be the case on some wide belts.

The Work Sharp WSKTS Knife and Tool Sharpener comes with 3 belts which are color coded for convenience. As with many sharpening tools you progress from the coarsest grit to the finest grit. The coarsest grit, which in the case of the is P80, is very coarse and should be used with only a light hand. This is coloured green for identification. The medium grit, colored red, is a P220 grit and the purple belt is 6000 grit for polishing.

Unless the knife has a serious amount of damage to the edge it’s quite adequate to start with the 220 grit.

Using the Work Sharp knife sharpener

Setting up the sharpener is relatively simple. There are 2 basic positions, with the sharpening belt upright for sharpening and with the sharpening belt horizontal for grinding. (You would use grinding, for example, on an axe blade)

Of course you need to choose your belt and as suggested start with the 80 grit if your edge is seriously damaged otherwise begin with the 220 grit. Install the belt as per the user manual and tighten the belt.

Choose the guide that you will be using, whether it be for the outdoor knife or the kitchen knife, and put in place.

Switch on, hold the sharpener with one hand and lightly draw the knife towards yourself with the other hand making two passes each side. Draw it across slowly.

Test and see if your knife is as sharp as desired and if not try a couple more passes. That should do the trick. You can do up to 10 if absolutely needed.

You can then choose to use the 6000 grit belt, though it is not absolutely necessary. Doing so will polish/hone the edge for a slight increase in sharpness. It is important to check whether your sharpening efforts have created any burr on the edge, if so the finer belt will polish this off.

If it’s your first time using the Work Sharp WSKTS Knife and Tool Sharpener we suggest that you practice drawing the knife through the sharpener several times before switching it on.

That’s it really, it’s particularly simple and easy and effective. You can use this technique for your outdoor knives, kitchen knives, serrated knives and any other device you might care to sharpen.

Note: however that it will sharpen serrated knives where there are serrations on one side of the blade by sharpening flat side of the other. In that case you would sharpen the flat side of the blade. It cannot be used for serrations on both sides of the blade.

Using the grinding facility

It’s perfectly possible to sharpen just about any metal tool that you have provided the blade is exposed sufficiently for grinding. This is where the grinding angle of the tool is used. It’s not necessary to sharpen the blade of tools to any particular angle and so grinding alone is sufficient.

Whether it’s the blade on your shovel, pruning shears or anything else that you might have on the tool shed you can grind the blade with the Work Sharp Knife Sharpener.

Now lets examine the user reviews

Of course the best way to determine how good any knife sharpener is is to canvass the views of people who use it, in other words the customers. The best way to do this is a website such as Amazon and others where users will post their own experiences from using the tool.

And whilst we know that it’s perfectly possible to post fake reviews it’s also true that with, at the time of writing, 1018 reviews on the Amazon website it’s pretty difficult to sway the score. And with 814 out of that 1018 reviewers giving the knife sharpener a maximum 5 star review it’s obviously very popular.

And with an average score of 4.7 out of five stars it’s about the best knife sharpener that we’ve seen reviewed on Amazon.

Of course there’s other locations for reviews as well and one of the most comprehensive reviews that we’ve seen is here, including numerous photos which are well worth viewing.

And some of the most telling commentary was the comment in that particular review of:

“I am really upset and chagrined -what had taken me several hours with a diamond hone and years of experience doing freehand sharpening -was done by this thing in just a few minutes – that’s how good fast and easy it was to get a beautiful convexed edge……BOY! have I been put in my place – and by a mere machine……..”

And from a chef leaving a review on Amazon

“As a former chef, restaurateur and food service professional, I’ve had a life-long interest in sharp knives.
It took me years to master a good set of oil stones and no machine has come close to replacing them for me. Then along comes the Work Sharp Knife and Tool Sharpener.”

And

“For my first trial, not wanting to risk a good knife to a machine, I selected an old abused chef’s knife and in short order returned it to excellent working order using the Work Sharp!
I discovered that the Work Sharp leaves no mess to clean up and poses very little risk to the blade, even in the hands of a novice.Since that first blade, I have trued up numerous neglected knives in professional kitchens with the same great results. At less than half the price of a good set of oil stones, I recommend every professional and home cook add one to their must-have list!”

There’s no doubt from all the reviews that this is a fantastic knife sharpener, and if you’re canny and buy it at the best price, currently somewhere around $$, it’s a bargain.

Positives of the Work Sharp knife sharpener

1. Very inexpensive for a comprehensive tool that can be used on virtually any knife or garden tool

2. Quick and easy to set up

3. Easy to use

4. Produces a fantastic result without the need to hold the knife at a set angle

Negatives of the Work Sharp knife sharpener

1. The sharpener must be held out by hand. We would prefer to see some method of fixing the sharpener down so that the user can have both hands available

2. A number of people complain that whilst replacing the belts is not expensive the cost of shipping is. For this reason, if this would worry you, it may be worth buying a second set of belts when you buy the sharpener though Work Sharp say that the belts should last a reasonable amount of time. It all depends how much you’ll be using it.

3. A number of people also complain that the instructions could be more useful

4. Some people also complain there is no 30 degrees guide for a 25 degree bevel, but very few knives need a 15 degree bevel 5. It will not sharpen a double sided serrated knife, only single sided

 

Instructional video for the Work Sharp Knife Sharpener

Here’s a good video from Work Sharp showing you how to use the sharpener.

 

Note: On Work Sharp Knife Sharpener Or Other Blade

As well as the regular Work Sharp WSKTS Knife and Tool Sharpener there is also a Work Sharp WSKTS-KO Knife and Tool Sharpener Ken Onion Edition.

In particular it offers variable speed drive and the ability to adjust the angle of the guide from 15 – 30 degrees at 1 degree increments, so that you can choose the exact angle of the bevel. Whilst this is very useful for some people it might be a bit of overkill for most. It also comes with a wider range of belts offering different choices of grit.

This edition is an excellent Work Sharp Knife Sharpener Tools but is commonly somewhere around double the price. And whilst it’s a great sharpener we don’t see it being worth double the price (or even a bit more from what we’ve seen.)

But if you’re interested in the Work Sharp WSKTS-KO Knife and Tool Sharpener Ken Onion Edition. take a look at this excellent instructional video about it.

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