With the release of their new Combo Knife Sharpener, Work Sharp is going after those folks who need to sharpen knives quickly, efficiently and without fuss. Sometimes taking the time to break out the old Arkansas stones and oil is great, but other times you need a dull blade to become sharp quickly and the new Combo Knife Sharpener from Work Sharp does just that.
This unit was sent to us courtesy of Work Sharp for the purpose of this review, and I’ve had it to play around with for about a month now. I’ve spent that month sharpening many many different knives on it as well as a full sized machete and a hatchet. I’ve found the unit to be quick, efficient, easy to use and easy to learn.
Make the jump to dive in deeper to the Combo Knife Sharpener.
Designed to be plugged right in and used, there is no assembly required for the Combo Knife Sharpener. Just unbox it, find an electrical outlet and plug her in!
The sharpener is an electricity driven abrasive belt sharpener with a “combo” ceramic honing rod on the right hand side. This system is definitely set up with right handed folks in mine as the handhold to grip the unit is on the left hand side only(more on the handhold later).
You line your knife up with the respective yellow guided slot(depending on which side of the knife you are sharpening) and pull it towards yourself at a rate of about 1 inch per second.
After alternating strokes a few times until a burr has developed you switch over to the ceramic rod and again use the provided guide angles to alternate sides. The ceramic rod is tapered from thick to thin which also allows you to sharpen a variety of serrated knives, a nice bonus.
The end result is a knife that is sharp enough to shave the hair off your forearm in about 5 minutes flat.
One area I found the Combo Knife Sharpener to really excel though was in sharpening loong blades. I’ve had this Ontario Knife Company 18” machete for years and have never wanted to deal with the hassle of sharpening it before. The edge of this machete was GNARLY as it’s put to bed several snakes and other critters as well as chopping wood, batoning, clearing brush and any other task I set it to. This sharpener made cleaning up that edge a breeze.
As well, the abrasive belt driven system is tops at getting out chips and fixing damaged edges. I have an ESEE Izula I that I purchased after reading David’s review on the Izula II, and I had lightly chipped the edge months ago. No matter what I did I couldn’t work it all the way out. A few minutes with the Combo Knife Sharpener fixed it right up. Below are the before and after photos. The difference is drastic in my opinion.
Even more impressively, I picked up an old 1940’s(i think) Plumb Boy Scouts hatchet at a customer’s house last year. It will be a present for my son when he turns 5 in a few months, and the edge needed major maintenance. It was chipped, rolled and warped. After about 20 minutes on the belt and a quick honing on the rod it looked fit for duty again.
All in all I could not be happier and more pleased with the Work Sharp Combo Knife Sharpener… although I do have two issues with it. The spot to hold on the left side of the sharpener is relatively thin, and I found myself constantly holding onto the side and front of the unit which puts your hand in direct line with the edge of what your sharpening when you pull it through. The first picture is where you are supposed to hold onto the unit, and the second picture is where I constantly found myself holding on. I understand that Work Sharp was probably trying to keep the footprint of the unit smaller, but I for one would have liked a bigger handhold.
My second gripe is not really a gripe about this unit, I really really like this unit. It’s just that as a knife and edged enthusiast it makes me also want to purchase the full sized Ken Onion Edition knife and tool sharpener! However, at less than half the price of that unit the Combo Knife Sharpener is a bargain in my opinion. With a MSRP of $59.95 and a street price online of about $50, you can’t go wrong if you are looking for a super fast, super easy to use sharpener.