By the staff of Trucks & Guns Magazine
When does your knife start to lose its edge? When you are in the field using and abusing it, as you should be? This is also the exact time you want to have your knife as sharp as possible. Work Sharp (www.worksharptools.com) understands this and they have produced an incredible little tool that will help you keep your knife’s edge sharp, no matter where you are. The Work Sharp Guided Field Sharpener, a small (1 ½” tall x 6 3/4″ long and 1″ wide), lightweight (about 5 ounces), knife sharpener that everyone should keep in their pack.
The Work Sharp Guided Field Sharpener has five sharpening and honing stages for everyday knife sharpening. Stage 1 is a coarse grit diamond plate, stage 2 is a fine grit diamond plate, stage 3 is the coarse grit ceramic rod, stage 4 fine grit ceramic rod, and final stage 5 is a leather strop to get the razor sharp edge. Having all these stages is great but if you have not been sharpening knives for years, it can be difficult to know how to hold the correct angle during each pass of the blade. This is where the guided feature comes into play on the Work Sharp Guided Field Sharpener.
On each end of each stage is an angle guild, to make sure you can get the perfect angle on every pass. If you talk to any knife sharpener, one of the key elements is to keep your angle consistent at about 20 degrees. That is exactly what this sharpener will help you do, so even someone new to sharpening can get a great edge. This sharpener will not only do standard knife blades but curved and serrated as well. The rounded multiple stage ceramic rod will sharpen the curved blades and large areas on a serrated knife. There is also a small ceramic rod to do the smaller areas of a serrated knife. This multiple stage ceramic rod also has a stage for sharpening fish hooks, to help you never lose that big fish. Our favorite stage is the leather strop, the final stage. This is a step that most will skip over, but stropping can mean the difference between a sharp edge and a razor sharp edge.
The two diamond sharpening plates are held on with a magnet, and when they are removed even more features of the Work Sharp Guided Field Sharpener are revealed. For all you bow hunters out there, this sharpener can sharpen your arrowheads as well as help you assemble your arrows. Yes, there is an arrowhead tool under one side. The other side has a compartment with a field instruction guide, just in case the first thing you did was throw away the instructions that came in the box. After you have read the instructions and feel you do not need them anymore, the compartment is also great to store small survival items. We have packed ours with fish hooks, fishing string, bandages, fire tinder and waterproof matches.
We passed around the Work Sharp Guided Field Sharpener at our last editor meeting. Every one of our editors put a fresh sharp edge on the knife that they carry daily. We were all in agreement that this is a tool that everyone needs. For $34.95, you cannot go wrong. It took each of us less then 5 minutes to restore the edges on the various knives we carry with us everyday. The only problem was the fight about who got to keep it in their pack. Even a few of our staff that had never sharpened a knife before were able to get a razor-sharp edge with ease.