Pros: Durability, Ease of Use, Effectiveness, Overall Quality
Best Bang for Your Buck – All You Really Need
Purchased this Work Sharp Guided Sharpening System as a tool sharpener for wilderness base camp (probably not the tool you want to pack very far). I was going to purchase the new Work Sharp Pocket Sharpener I saw announced about the time of Blade Show this year, but, I haven’t seen it for retail, as yet. After purchasing this Sharpening System I feel no need of the Pocket Sharpener. This is the most versatile sharpener on the market today. The guided ceramic Field Hone detaches for small/light weight field carry, and is perhaps all you would need for field dressing/processing game in the field, if you touched-up the blade when it started to dull. But, all the individual diamond plates can also be detached and carried into the field, as well, so you’ll never know a dull moment. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The diamond plate holder also, detaches, so you can sharpen/repair axes and tools freehand. The Pivot-Response System makes it easy to maintain proper angle on belly/curves. I purchased the upgrade kit, as well. It comes with an extra coarse diamond plate (great for tool repair), ultra fine diamond plate, and a leather stropping plate w/0.5 micron honing compound (when you don’t want a toothy edge). I plan on upgrading the honing compound to Flexcut Gold (available at KnifeCenter.com, great stuff). The sharpener comes with 17°/20° detachable push angle guides (sharpening), and fixed 22° pull (stropping/honing) angle guide. The upgrade kit includes a 25° detachable pull angle guide, adding to its versatility. Comes with a nice User Reference Guide. I plan on having it laminated and hang it over the work bench in the shop, next to the Ken Onion Work Sharp Guide for easy home use. Only complaint is, I wish it came with a nice carrying case/nylon bag to carry/pack all the components. It has limited sharpening options for recurve blades (inverse curves), unlike vee rod sharpening systems. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> • Guided Sharpening System is 9” X 2.5”, weighs 1 1/3 lbs. • With Upgrade Kit = 1 ½ lbs. • Ceramic Field Hone is 6” X 0.5”, 1.8 oz. • Individual Diamond plate are 6” X 1.25”, 2.0 oz. If you carried the Field Hone, and one Diamond Plate in your pocket, or backpack, it would take up about the space of an energy bar, and weigh less than 4 ounces. This is a great/easy to use sharpening system for campers, hunters, fishermen, backpackers, RV-ers, and all knife users. Comes with a 42 year warranty, so it will probably last your lifetime (normal wear on diamond plates not included).