Work Sharp Ken Onion Edition Knife & Tool Sharpener

Work Sharp partnered with knife designer Ken Onion to produce a powered tabletop knife and implement sharpener for outdoorsmen—and took home the American Hunter "Best Gear" Golden Bullseye award for 2014.

Oregon-based Darex, a 40-year-old family-owned maker of industrial tool sharpeners, knows a thing or two about how to put a keen edge on steel. Through its Work Sharp brand, the company has partnered with knife designer Ken Onion to produce a powered tabletop knife and implement sharpener for outdoorsmen.

The U.S.-assembled device features a variable-speed 1.5–amp motor that drives flexible 3/4-inch-by-12-inch abrasive belts of the same type used by professional knife makers to create blades from scratch. Additionally, the motor’s variable control—6,112 to 14,261 rpm—allows optimal belt speeds for a particular task and steel. A contoured, non-slip handle and rubberized feet allow the user’s weak hand to anchor the 10-by-6-by-51/2-inch unit to a tabletop while the strong hand simply draws the knife blade across its blade guides, which are adjustable in 1-degree increments from 15-30 degrees.

The unit can sharpen hunting and kitchen knives, including gut hooks and serrated edges, hatchets and even lawn mower blades. The sharpener comes with a five-piece abrasive belt kit with P120 extra coarse, X65 coarse, X22 medium, X4 fine and 6000 extra fine grits along with an instructional DVD.

The Ken Onion Edition Knife & Tool Sharpener ships with an MSRP of $150.

For more information, go to WorkSharpTools.com.

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