Knife Sharpening: My Favorite New System

My Old Knife Sharpening System

My previous knife sharpening system was the Spyderco Tri-Angle Sharpmaker. It can be purchased on Amazon today for about $58. I was enamored with this particular system after watching a number of YouTube videos that made it seem incredibly easy to achieve a “scary” level of sharpness on just about any type of blade.

I won’t spend a lot of time discussing the aspects of my old knife sharpening system. However, it makes some sense to at least talk about a few of the items that made me invest in a new system.  Here we go!

It is a manual system – you need to be able to hold the blade vertically and apply slow, even pressure as you draw the blade over the ceramic stones.

You only get two sets of stones (medium and fine) and need to purchase the extra fine stones separately. It was an additional $15 for the extra fine stones.

The stones become embedded with material from your knives as they sharpen. You need to wash your stones with warm soapy water and scrub them with a green scrubbing pad.

Given the items above, and the fact that I seemed unable to grasp the simple technique required to achieve a razor sharp edge, I eventually gave up using the Sharpmaker.

DAREx Knife Sharpening

I started the process all over again…My desire now was to eliminate the items I noted above in my next knife sharpening system purchase.

After a lot of time reading and watching the virtues of Japanese water stones, perfect angles, honing oils and stropping, I finally settled on a tool that would meet all my expectations! Enter the  DAREx.

Here is a brief excerpt from the About Us page, “Darex brands include Darex industrial bit sharpeners, Drill Doctor professional and DIY drill bit sharpeners, and Work Sharp knife and tool sharpeners. Darex exists to surprise and delight the customers who buy and use our products. With every opportunity we want to positively impact the experience our customers have with us.”

The Work Sharp was the knife sharpening answer! Now there are two versions of the Work Sharp but I’m not going to spend any time doing a comparison. All of the online reviews and YouTube research points to the Work Sharp Ken Onion Edition as the best solution.  Here are the key attributes on the Ken Onion Edition that make this version the best option.

An adjustable knife sharpening guide to produce precise edge bevels from 15° to 30° – fixes my major issue of not being capable of holding the blade correctly!

Premium flexible abrasive belts to deliver a strong, long lasting razor-sharp edge – guess what…no more cleaning ceramic stones!

A variable speed motor to handle every sharpening task, from grinding to honing – no more tired arms (yes, I have noodle arms…)


…yes, I have noodle arms…


Ok, here is the fun part, I’m going to show off some nice pics…

Full View

Edge Guide

Angle Guide

Variable Speed Adjustment

Rotating Belt for Outdoor Blades

I hope you enjoyed the post! Please feel free to leave comments and questions below!

2 Replies to “Knife Sharpening: My Favorite New System

  1. @Wolfgang_Overland answer:

    I absolutly agree! Im fortunte enough to live 5mi. from a N Texas Cabelas location and they have a free try it yourself sharpening station there. I can use the workstation and sharpen my Benchmade knife in less than 5min and be totally happy for months and even avoid the $149+ investment.

    Happy trails!

    1. What great luck! I also live about 15 mins. from a Cabelas and have to say that I don’t think they have the same station here? I’ll need to look harder next time I am browsing the store. You are correct, it is definitely an investment, and not a cheap one either. I was thinking of offering some knife sharpening on the side through Craigslist to recoup the money and break even but the wife wasn’t too keen on that idea, lol! Thanks for stopping by and the comment!

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