Pros: Effectiveness, Overall Quality, Ease of Use
Works as Advertised
This thing isn’t magic. I’m sure Ken Onion could stop by the house and put a perfect razor sharp edge on any tool in a flash with this thing. Like all sharpening methods, this takes some time and skill to master. I consider myself only, ‘fair,’ with a bench stone, although, I’ve been trying since I was 10 years old. I just don’t seem to have the patience for it. I have a few friends that can sit down with a stone and put wicked sharp edges on knives without a guide (they’re better shots at billiards, too). They have a keen eye for angles, and the dexterity/fine motor skills to create them. If they were tools, they would be scalpels, where I’m more a sledge hammer guy. So, anyway, I need some sort of guide (bench wedge guide, Sharpmaker, Lansky 4 rod Turnbox [vee rod sharpeners] all available at KnifeCenter.com) to be able to consistently put a razor sharp edge on my tools. >>>>>>>>>> I really like the Ken Onion Work Sharp’s ability to lower the shoulders of a knife (thickening of edge with repeated sharpening) with the 15 degree setting, then set the edge at 20-25 degrees. I like the adjustable edge guides, and I didn’t overload them (bend back, change angle), with the small knives I’ve sharpened, so far. I messed-up the point on the first knife I sharpened (careful, easy to do). No big deal, it was one of those free with... blah, blah, blah... promotional knives from KnifeCenter.com. That’s what they’re there for. All controls are easy to use and understand. Belts change about as fast as the rods on a Sharpmaker/Lansky 4 Rod Sharpener. It will probably be a while before I trust any of my good blades to the Ken Onion Work Sharp. Not because of its limitations, but because of mine. I’d be puking blood if I rounded the tip of one of my nice Spyders on this thing. But I will master it with time. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Handy Tip: Take the nice, “Quick Start Guide” (easy to overlook and pitch, looks like extraneous packing cardboard), mount a large paint stirring stick/piece of lath to top back w/wood glue, drill two holes, hang over work bench w/ bead chain. Copy/print-out, “Belt Info Chart,” pg. 11, write the colors of different belts (e.g. Xtra Coarse = Brown, Xtra Fine = thin Grey, etc.) and tape/glue to right side of Quick Start Guide. You will now have all info you need to use this tool right in front of your face when you need it. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> This would make a nice Christmas Gift for anyone who regularly uses knives/sharpened tools. And, what do guys like? Power Tools. Better yet, get one for a teenager who likes fooling with knives/tools, with all the attachments. They may become the next, Ken Onion.