|Item Weight||7 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||6.5 x 11 x 5.8 inches|
|Item model number||WSKTS-KO|
|Size||As the picture shown|
|Style||Regular Knife and tool sharpener|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Number of Handles||1|
|Warranty Description||1-year warranty|
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Work Sharp Ken Onion Edition, Fast, Repeatable, & Precision Sharpening from 15° to 30°, Premium Flexible Abrasive Belts, Variable Speed Motor, & Multi-Positioning Sharpening Module
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- ADJUSTABLE SHARPENING GUIDE - produce precise edge bevels from 15° to 30°
- VARIABLE SPEED MOTOR - handle every sharpening task, from grinding to honing. More power with improved cooling & the option of slow speed honing or high speed grinding
- PREMIUM FLEXIBLE ABRASIVE BELTS - deliver a strong, long lasting razor-sharp convex edge
- FAST, PRECISE, & REPEATABLE - sharpening results with no set up or calibration time
- MULTI-POSITION SHARPENING MODULE - for precision knife sharpening or various positions for a wide array of tool sharpening or detail shop grinding tasks
- PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN COMPANY - This tool was engineered and assembled by hard working Americans. Work Sharp is part of Darex, a 4th-generation family owned company in Ashland, Oregon. For over 40 years we have been creating industry-leading sharpening tools here in the USA.
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Work Sharp WSKTS-KO
Proud To Be An American Company
This tool was engineered and assembled by hard working Americans.
Work Sharp is part of Darex, a 4th-generation family owned company in Ashland, Oregon. For over 40 years we have been creating some of the top sharpening tools here in the USA. We are over 100 co-workers strong, dedicated to producing high-quality tools and providing exceptional customer service.
Ken Onion Edition Knife & Tool Sharpener
Work Sharp-engineered and Ken Onion-designed to deliver the pinnacle of power knife sharpening
The Work Sharp Ken Onion Edition Knife & Tool Sharpener is designed to sharpen every knife you own, quickly and easily.
The Ken Onion Edition Knife & Tool Sharpener uses a fully adjustable precision sharpening guide (15° to 30°), heavy-duty variable speed motor, and premium ¾ x 12 inches flexible abrasive belts to sharpen pocket knives, hunting knives, kitchen knives, fishing knives and virtually any other shape or type of blade – even scissors and yard tools. It’s fast, easy, and delivers consistent results every time.
- Adjustable Sharpening Angles, 15° to 30°
- Premium Abrasive Belts
- Variable Speed, Heavy-Duty Motor
- Versatile and Expandable
Adjustable Angle Guide
Simply turn the angle adjustment knob to select your desired sharpening angle from 15° to 30° (in 1° increments) – no tools, set-up time or complicated jigs required.
A built-in scissor guide sharpens scissors to a 65° angle (the most common household scissor edge).
The guide can be entirely removed for freehand grinding – useful for sharpening lawn mower blades, shears and pruners, shovels and weeders, axes and hatchets, machetes, and other common cutting tools.
Premium Abrasive Belts
Professional blade makers like Ken Onion use flexible belts to put a a strong, long lasting convex edge on their blades. Now you can have the same technology in your home or shop.
The Ken Onion Edition sharpener uses ¾" x 12" Norton NORaX belts – engineered specifically for metal working without excessive heat. Five belts are included: NORaX P120 Extra-Coarse, X65 Coarse, X22 Medium, X4 Fine, and Micro-Mesh 6000 Extra-Fine. NORaX belts outlast conventional belts 2-5 times by continuously exposing new cutting surfaces – delivering a consistent finish throughout the entire life of the belt.
Versatile and Expandable
In addition to sharpening all your knives, household scissors and yard tools, the Work Sharp Ken Onion Edition Knife & Tool Sharpener is expandable with optional attachments.
The optional Blade Grinding Attachment gives you the freedom to create custom knife profiles, bevels, and edge finishes – while a dedicated Tool Grinding Attachment is available for precision tool sharpening and metal grinding tasks.
Specialty belts are also available for specific sharpening needs, including ceramic knives.
Sharpen Every Kind of Knife
Sharpens every kind of knife: hunting, kitchen, filet, outdoor, tactical, and pocket knives. Sharpens straight blades, curved, re-curved, tanto and virtually any other shape of knife blade. Even ceramic blades can be repaired and sharpened with optional diamond belts.
The Work Sharp Ken Onion Edition Knife & Tool Sharpener is designed to sharpen every knife you own, quickly and easily. The Ken Onion Edition Knife & Tool Sharpener uses a fully adjustable precision sharpening guide (15° to 30°), heavy-duty variable speed motor, and premium ¾ x 12 inches flexible abrasive belts to sharpen pocket knives, hunting knives, kitchen knives, fishing knives and virtually any other shape or type of blade – even scissors and yard tools. It’s fast, easy, and delivers consistent results every time.
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Some tips below I've picked up that have helped me sharpen my blades quick, precise and without mishap:
1. Tape the Blade Up: I place some masking tape on then peel it carefully over the edge to cut a silhouette 1x per side. I peel off then place it aside then with both silhouettes I place them back on just revealing the blade where is will make contact with the belt. This protects the blade while learning efficiently without having to fatting up the knife with tape.
2. Practice With a Cheap Knife: The real skill is when to let go of the trigger so that is does not grind more on the tip of the blade than the recommended "1 inch per second" and following the contour of the knife edge while maintaining proper contact with the belt.
3. It Can Make a Mess: After sharpening 8 or so blades I noticed my dining table (live in an studio so no man cave garage here) covered in shavings and whatnot. I later noticed it was all to the right of the sharpener. So I placed it to the left of my kitchen sink after making sure there was no water and whatnot on my counter. This made most of the shavings fall in the sink making for easy cleanup.
4. Wear Eye Protection: I noticed (thankfully while wearing eye pro) that left grind shoots debris shoots straight up in your face if you're like me watching closely if the knife is properly being inserted and pulled. It would really suck to get that in your eyes and looking back after sharpening 14+ knives. I also wished I had a face mask for the first marathon since you will be looking and making excuses to sharpen every blade in the house to make it pass the paper test.
5. Master the Marathon: I noticed that the main difference between say a kitchen knife and pocket knife is the angle since they both use the same main 3 belt grits (coarse, medium and fine). If I’m going to have a sharpening marathon I separate my kitchen and pocket knifes yet use the same belts instead changing the belts per group of knives. The only thing I change is the angle degree. This helps speed up the process instead of changing everything out for each pile or worse per knife.
6. Check For Crooked Burrs While Keeping Count: I’ve noticed the best way to ruin your edge is losing count or what side went in last, thus causing an annoying crooked burr. My method is the right side is “odd” numbers while the left is “even” to help with remembering where to start. I count to the total number of strokes ie if it calls for 10 I count to 20 total. This also means I go to right to left until I reach 10 which would be 5 per side and good time to check for burrs. Then 10 more starting at 11 so the “right” side of the system. With this method I have yet to notice burrs ever occurring thus speeding through the process precisely.
Thank you I hope this helped, I wouldn’t have spent the time to write this if I didn’t feel this Worksharp didn’t impress me as it did.
I've sharpened 4 knives so far with excellent hair popping results. The edge it puts on also has excellent edge retention.
I've been beating on my bk2 trying to dull it and it's still cutting and slicing like never before.
Im almost 48, and since age 12 I have used my grandfathers' tried and true stone & ceramic methods to put a razors' edge on a cutting tool.
And the old methods WORK. Period.
But I cant see quite as well as I used to, and if you get off count sharpening and stropping, it causes big problems that you have to be able to SEE the edge to correct.
I swore up, down, and sideways never to "go powered".
But w/ the WSKTS systems, my edges seem to true up faster...way faster. I chose the WSKTS-KO because of the options it has available over the standard... My personal favorite?? A slow speed mechanism that keeps me from skrewing up a good blade. I can watch the process as it unfolds.
Slow on the WorkShap systems is still "jack-rabbits' ass on fire!" fast compared to almost any hand sharpening rigup.
I particularly like the medium and fine "white surface" belts. They sharpen and hone like Spyderco ceramics, and still leave the door wide open for me to finish by hand w/ leather strops. They have a "gunmetal" lookin' deposit as you use them, just like a ceramic rod. You can clean them w/ a white gum eraser on slow speed too, or the standard cleaning "stick" widely available for belt abrasives.
The angle adjustment guide is a stroke of genius. If the weight of the knife is all the pressure you use, the blade can easily be "leaned back" and hovered past the belt and the sharpness you seek comes faster. Now, "leaned back" sounds like a relaxed term. Thats' the idea. Set the knife into the sharpener, and REST it on the angle guide, using JUST enough pressure to keep it sliding against the guide.
The tool motor in and of itself has more than enough power to handle almost any job, if you use the right belts in succesion and TAKE YOUR TIME. This is a great tool for beginners, and a Godsend for experienced sharpeners, but it doesn't possess the power of an angle or bench grinder
Remember that sharpening isn't a race, and if you don't feed your family doing it, its far better to proceed SLOWLY and watch what youre doing. Pay Attention. Don't crank this baby to max on your Sebenza, and then give this tool a bad review if you are foolish enuf to do that.
You can and WILL RUIN a very expensive knife in a heartbeat!!
Read the directions. Watch Youtube. Call Worksharp, ask questions. Read the directions again. Find some old user knives to practice on. NEVER drag the tip of any knife blade more than 1/2 way off the belt. Start w/ tool OFF, set blade into the angle guide, and using the weight of the blade, and GENTLE guidance, manuver the blade toward the tip, following the shape of the blade. If you are using the "crossbar" blade guide, DO NOT press the knife edge into it, that will dull your knife, defeating the purpose. This IS NOT a bench grinder you just turn on, and leave it that way 'till you finish. Its rated for 1hr. before you need to let it cool completely off.
Then when you get good, and I mean good enough to feel that edge and say "Damn!, now that's freakin' sharp!", THEN its time to "Dress up your babies for school".
In less than 45 minutes, you can turn a butter knife into a razor w/ the WSTKS-KO, and you can bleed easier than you think.
Keep the tool clean and free from sharpening residues as much as possible w/ a dry bristle brush, air compressor nozzle etc.
The coarser belts will produce loads of fragments that can gum up the sharpening guide, cassette workings etc. This produces scratches on surfaces you don't want them on. Use masking tape if necessary to stop that from occuring. Put the masking tape in a single layer on the guide "sliderpads" too, if you can, stop and clean often.
I sharpened a RUSTY old HC steel butcher's knife, started w/ the coarsest belt I could find, established a "working edge", and went from there. That rustbucket Old Hickory will now SHAVE hair.
Tnere was rust and metal frags/sanding matl. all over that cassete. KEEP it squeaky clean.
If you think that this tool can be mastered in 5 mins. w/ no practice etc. you will need to take your knives to a professional edgemaker!! All belted abrasive tools need time/patience to get good, but it'll be less time than with stones!! The "medium grit" belt is normally used for sharpening a well-cared for blade on occasion as needed, the fine grit for semi-regular honing, where you want something more aggressive than a steel, but less than attempting to adjust a primary grind to facilitate sharpness.
EDIT: 2/24/14 I used the 6k purple belt to polish away the tiny imperfections from the back of my Spyderco H1 Salt Pacific, and now it shaves hair! Make sure you polish AWAY FROM the edge if you do that...or you'll cut the belt! Also, if you have a combo edge knife, each portion of the edge must be sharpened INDEPENDENTLY. Sharpen the plain edge parts as normally done and then follow the directions for sharpening the serrated parts the way you would a fully serrated blade.
Tantos must be VERY carefully done, because the flat portion on the nose needs to be treated as if it is a seperate small blade, otherwise you will ruin your knife. My suggestion is the Spyderco TSM for these, unless youre REALLY good on the WSKTS-KO.
I will update this review as I go along, but as for now, this is a "TD Essential Sharpening Gizmo List" chart-topper. Highly recommended.
Still well satisfied----just keeps getting better!....I'm thinking about snagging the Wskts field kit to complete the lineup!.....May consider a 1 by 30 too. Everything comes full circle.
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