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As a woodworker, sharpening tools is a necessary evil. I hate it, but I hate dull edges even more, and that doesn't change once I leave the workshop. You need only take one look at my manly stature to know I am an avid outdoorsman. I fish, I have seriously considered hunting, and I have been certified as a bear wrestler. All of that adds up to a compelling need to stay sharp both inside and outside the shop.
Enter the Work Sharp Guided Field Sharpener. This little sucker is a full range, high end sharpening system in a package so small you'll never leave the house without slipping it in your pocket. At least not if you plan on encountering any bears on your journey.
Looking at it, I was immediately impressed by it's complexity. But, since I've so often been drawn in by bells and whistles, I decided to get out a dull pig-sticker and see what I could do with it. The obvious place to start was with the diamond hones attached to each side. One's course and the other is fine. After a minute or two trying to hold my blade at the proper angle I remembered that this things is called a "guided" sharpener. So I got out the instructions and learned that by laying the side of the blade against the angled portion on each end of the plates, One helps you angle your knife at 20 degrees, the other at 25.The idea is to maintain that angle through the stroke with short-term muscle memory. It took some practice, but I was doing a serviceable job in no time.
After a few strokes across the two diamond plates I moved onto the ceramic honing rod. There are actually two of them, and one is multi sided. First you have a little one for working around the teeth on serrated knives. But the larger one was the most interesting. Using a dial on the end of the unit you can rotate the rod, changing from fine honing, to finer honing, and then to a slotted rod for sharpening fish hooks. Since I was sharpening a knife, not a fish hook, I worked it across the ceramic and was already impressed by the resulting edge.
That's when the other edge of the sharpener caught my eye, a leather strop. The instructions said it was already infused with a micro-abrasive and it after a few strokes I could shave the scruff I sometimes grow on my chin to look younger and more attractive. After a little more investigation I discovered that the two diamond plates came off if I want to use them in any special way, and underneath I found a pair of broad head wrenches in case I ever find myself in an archery match.
My first impression had been confirmed, this thing was really loaded with useful features. Two diamond plates, two levels of ceramic honing, a leather strop, a mini ceramic rod, broad head wrenches and a fishhook home- all in a single unit the size of a large pocket knife. Now wild game fear me, I've never been defeated by a bear in a knife fight, and my whittling has never been smoother!
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