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    REVIEW: The Work Sharp Ken Onion Edition Knife Sharpener>>>>>

    Best. Sharpener. EVER!!!!

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    Review of the Work Sharp Ken Onion Edition Knife Sharpener

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    Good review. I have the earlier version that predates the Ken Onion and it is a great sharpener.

    I wish that they had a wider selection of belt grits though. That would be somewhat beneficial.
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    Quote Originally Posted by From the WorkSharp web site's description of the Ken Onion edition
    http://www.worksharptools.com/knife/...n-edition.html

    The 3/4" x 12” premium, flexible engineered abrasive belts sharpen virtually any shape or type of knife blade and uses a precision sharpening guide to ensure that you get a consistent angle every time. The sharpening guide is fully adjustable in 1° increments from 15° to 30° so you can sharpen any knife to the angle you desire to best meet your needs. The variable speed control (1200 SFM to 2800 SFM) provides you with the optimal belt speed for the task at hand.
    Seems to have variable speed control and variable angle control, over the 'base' product.

    Does anyone have the new Ken Onion version? Worth the changes (this adjustability)?
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    I love this thing and I dont even have one. I have had mediocre success with my diamond hone kit, but it really doesnt work well on my large knives ( Ka-Bar, Ontario survival knife, 13" machete, tomahawk) If I can justify the cost I may have to order one of these.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    Seems to have variable speed control and variable angle control, over the 'base' product.

    Does anyone have the new Ken Onion version? Worth the changes (this adjustability)?
    - Every review that I've seen on various knife forums states that the KO version is a significant upgrade of the base product. If I didn't already have the Wicked Edge (and completely satisfied), I would be looking at the Ken Onion Worksharp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    Good review. I have the earlier version that predates the Ken Onion and it is a great sharpener.

    I wish that they had a wider selection of belt grits though. That would be somewhat beneficial.
    More belts are DEFINTELY coming and may be on the manufacturer's site as early as this week.

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    I have one of the older (1/2" belt, fixed speed) Work Sharp sharpeners. I, too, am interested in opinions on the newer model. I surely do like the system.
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    I got the Ken Onion version today. I've already sharpened our kitchen knives with great success and ease. The belts themselves kinda get difficult to differentiate after use, so I hang them up on pegs so they don't get mixed up. The coarse and extra fine grades are easy to determine but those middle grades are a bear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NETim View Post
    I got the Ken Onion version today. I've already sharpened our kitchen knives with great success and ease. The belts themselves kinda get difficult to differentiate after use, so I hang them up on pegs so they don't get mixed up. The coarse and extra fine grades are easy to determine but those middle grades are a bear.
    I imagine a Sharpie marker on the inside could work well.

    Nice to see the "KO" version works well.

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    NT, if you're willing, consider posting a review (with either pics or vids, if you got 'em). I imagine folks would get a lot of value out of a first-hand report of the ease and utility of the unit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    I imagine a Sharpie marker on the inside could work well.

    Nice to see the "KO" version works well.

    Hm. Choices, choices.
    I did mark 'em, but I'm not sure how long those marks will last. Probably not the life of the belt.
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    Has anyone used with one hand opening folder knives? I think I read where the stud on the blade makes it difficult or hard to use the guide.

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    The guide's removable. I haven't tried sharpening any of my precious folders just yet. :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by NETim View Post
    The guide's removable. I haven't tried sharpening any of my precious folders just yet. :)
    To me the guide is a desirable feature, which I need. So if I must remove the guide this would be one BIG negative for me. I suppose if this were the case and I used the guide my folder with stud on blade would not be sharpened all the way in the rear. Or I could chose folders with a hole in blade vs stud. If I am understanding correctly this is again a big negative for me as many of the knives I would sharpen are folders with studs.

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    I have been sharpening some of my smaller pen knives w/o the guide in place and getting reasonable results. Just like any other sharpening system, maintaining a constant angle is key. I'm finding that holding that angle is easier with this thing. Not only that, it's much faster. I run the KO on the lowest belt speed and it sharpens up a blade in just a few passes. I expect to get better as I gain experience.
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    I made a leather stropping belt for mine just for the heck of it. I had to make it out pf pretty thin Hermann Oak.
    My first one stretched a bit too much.
    I made another and used some thick water based Acrylic to coat the back flesh side and that worked out fine and eliminated the stretch.

    Really though the finest belt supplied with the Work Sharp acts pretty much just like a leather strop.
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