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Cheese and Knives–Sharper is Better

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I usually stay away from product endorsements.  But I have been so impressed with one of my Christmas presents I wanted to share it with my friends.  It’s a sharpener it’s called the Work Sharp WSKTS Knife and Tool Sharpener.  It will sharpen knives, scissors and some tools.  If you use a tool with a blade very often you know what a difference a sharp blade makes from a dull blade.  To me, the sharpening process was some sort of dark art.  Up until this point the best sharpeners I have used have been just OK.  I had been told that to get a really good edge you needed special oils, stones and pentagrams or at least real skill.

This unit got some really good reviews on Amazon and for whatever reason I believed them and put it on my Christmas list.  Katie and Sam got it for me and I promptly took it into the garage to give it a spin.  About and hour later I had sharpened everything I could get my hands on.  It’s a little like a pressure washer – such power – immediate results – you don’t know when to stop.  Turns out the Amazon reviews were on target.

At some point you are going to want to make something sharp that has gotten dull.  Don’t buy another new fangled sharpener in the kitchen department buy one of these and get much better than OK results.  You will soon find you have a lot more things to sharpen that you knew you had.  The right tool for the job makes all the difference.

2 comments to Cheese and Knives–Sharper is Better

  • Thom Lawrence

    Okay, you got my attention. How does this handle different edge angles for your various knives? Is there a guide for different types of knives, or do you just eyeball the angle and hold the knife steady? I know from experience that if you use the wrong angle you end up dulling the knife further. Bnthr, dntht.

  • theChristys

    yes, it has 2 sets of guides and the guides have different slots. You are right about maintaining the proper angle. The guides can’t be exactly the width of your knife because there are so many sizes, so they make the edge of the guide magnetic. The blade is pulled against one side of the guide. It’s pretty easy to keep the proper angle.

    When you sharpen something like hedge shears you just have to eyeball it.