David has cultivated contacts at the WorkSharp Tools Company and they were kind enough to send him the Ken Onion edition of their WorkSharp Knife and Tool Sharpener a while back, which he absolutely fell in love with. They subsequently sent David their Guided Sharpening System which he has forwarded onto me in the interest of mixing it up a bit.
The first thing I noticed when I opened the box this afternoon is the robust weight of the unit. It feels quite well constructed. The unit is extremely intuitive to use, though a quick perusal of the fold-out instruction poster will speed refinement of your technique.
I decides to take the unit for a spin with my Wusthof Classic Chef’s Knife. I have been using a Lansky Diamond SharpStick which has kept the edge at a constant state of adequacy, but it was due for a good working over.
Since it is a kitchen knife, I set the guide wedges to 17º (these can be flipped to 20º for camping and EDC blades) and started with the rough diamond plate. The first thing I noticed was that the “pivot response” which allows the plate to tilt did a great job of maintaining contact with the edge as I reached the curved portion of the blade.
Once I worked up a nice burr, I switched to the fine plate, and then finally to the ceramic honing rod. If you have the kit of additional accessories, you would now use the leather strop. I only was given the basic, but the results were extremely impressive nonetheless.
Arm hair shaved off easily, and the “phone-book” test sent a cascade of paper flying.
Finally, the knife was ready to bring inside and present to my wife who had been asking me to sharpen it for a while. I grabbed a freshly washed grape from the strainer, and conclusively demonstrated the effectiveness of the WorkSharp Guided Sharpening System.
The picture speaks for itself. I still need to try serrated knives and scissors, but I am extremely impressed with the Guided Sharpening System in the short time I have used it.
Thanks to WorkSharp for providing us with the unit, and thanks David for letting me give it a spin.