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Work Sharp WSCMB Combo Knife Sharpener Review

There’s no shortage of knife sharpeners.

Sharpeners come in all shapes and sizes and perform vastly different functions. The endgame is always the same: to sharpen a knife.

It’s a well-known fact that a dull knife is more dangerous than a sharp knife because it requires more effort and strength to cut. However, my main gripe with a dull knife is the simple fact that it’s less effective.

But if you’re the type of person who can’t be bothered to take out the old whetstone and honing oil or simply don’t have the skillset to do freehand sharpening, Work Sharp’s newest item called the Combo Knife Sharpener is made for you.

Work Sharp sent me a unit to review, so I decided to answer whether this is the sharpener for you.


Target Audience of the Combo Knife Sharpener

Before we get into the review, it’s important to understand the target audience of the sharpener; otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to accurately give it a fair review for what it’s designed for.

If you’re a hard-core knife user with high-end knives featuring complicated grinds and different edge angles, the WSCMB is not for you.

But if you’re an amateur knife person who has never sharpened a knife and frequently use less expensive knives, this is your knife sharpener.

Work Sharp has three levels of power sharpeners. The Ken Onion Edition Knife & Tool Sharpener is the ultimate solution for your sharpening needs. It can sharpen every knife (and edged tool) you own with adjustable angles and variable speeds. This is for hard-core knife enthusiasts.

Work Sharp's Original Knife & Tool Sharpener

Work Sharp’s Original Knife & Tool Sharpener

For those who don’t need as much customization but still want some control, the Original Knife & Tool Sharpener is still one of the best out there.

The Combo Knife Sharpener is the simplest of the available power sharpeners from Work Sharp.

Initial Impressions and Specs

The WSCMB sharpener has an insanely quick and easy setup. It comes in a compact box a little larger than the size of the machine (which is already as compact as it gets without sacrificing convenience).


Included with the main unit inside the box is an additional abrasive sharpening belt, instructions, and a quick-start guide. That’s it.

To set it up, you simply plug it into an outlet, and it’s ready to go. This is huge for the amateur knife sharpener without much experience sharpening knives.

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Buck 124 Frontiersman – Badass Knife of the Week


An old adage says that if a knife looks beautiful enough to be in a museum, it’ll probably suffer in its performance. Our latest Badass Knife of the Week begs to differ.

The Buck 124 Frontiersman is one of the most elegant and classy knives you’ll ever see but that doesn’t mean it can’t get down and dirty.

This classic hunting knife carries on the Buck tradition of reliable hunters made in the United States of America. It boasts a 6.25-inch blade made from 420HC stainless steel, which will resist corrosion and take an edge without much effort.

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10 Folding Knives Designed For Self-Defense


Using a knife for self-defense is a bad idea.

Let me get that out of the way. By writing this post, I’m getting into pretty controversial territory. Many people, both trained and amateurs, insist that a knife should never be used for self-defense unless you’ve undergone intensive training. Even so, you might want to avoid whipping out a knife at all costs.

A knife is messy and requires you to get extremely close to your aggressor, making you more vulnerable and giving them the ability to take your weapon away. Knife defense can be fatal to your aggressor, leaving you with potential jail time and a traumatic experience haunting your dreams.

On top of that, folding knives often don’t make the best self-defense tools anyway because they are more susceptible to breakage and require more focus for engagement.

But all this doesn’t stop companies from making self-defense knives.

Any knife can conceivably be used for self-defense. As long as it’s sharp, you can do some damage, but these are created with one purpose in mind. Sure, you could possibly use a few of these to open packages, but these not something you’d carry for everyday use.

So with all the disclaimers out of the way and with the knowledge that self-defense knives may not always be the best idea unless you’re in a dire situation with your life on the line (of if you’re being attacked by a rabid dog), here are 10 folding knives designed specifically for self-defense.

1. Cold Steel Ti-Lite 6″


Let’s kick things off with the first of many Cold Steel knives on this list: the Cold Steel Ti-Lite. The Ti-Lite is a throwback design that’s meant to look like the switchblades prevalent in the 1950s. The knife has a long spear-point blade profile that’s optimal for piercing.

It comes in a few sizes, but the one we’re talking about here is the Ti-Lite 6, which features a massive 6-inch blade. At this size, the knife is not good for much else except for self-defense. It might even be too big.

However, the Ti-Lite has a big feature seen in many of these knives—the ability to open in one swift movement out of the pocket. The quillon can snag the pocket as it’s being pulled out before the blade is locked in place. This knife can be out and ready to intimidate in a moment’s notice.


2. 5.11 Tactical Tactical Karambit Folder


Steve Tarani is a defensive tactics instructor and advisor to the FBI, DEA, TSA, NSA and contractor to a few other acronymed organizations. Basically, the guy knows a thing or two about weapons and personal safety. That’s why it’s not surprising the Tactical Karambit Folder from 5.11 Tactical made the list.

The truth is that all karambits can be on this list since karambits are ancient defensive tools. They aren’t the most useful tools for things other than self-defense. However, this one has a few tricks up its sleeve.

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Steel Will Censor – Badass Knife of the Week


The definition of a badass knife varies greatly. Some badass knives are brash, loud, and insane. Others are quiet, biting, and understated. Our latest Badass Knife of the Week firmly falls into the latter category.

The Steel Will Censor is a compact knife made for discreet carry. But just because it’s subtle and easy to conceal doesn’t mean it can’t be an invaluable tool in distressing situations.

Coming in at an overall length of 7.68 inches, the Censor features a unique design that you’ll appreciate when you need the knife the most.

It all starts with the 3.54-inch blade. The AUS-8 stainless steel is more than adequate at holding its own against the toughest tasks while resisting corrosion and wear. A satin finish on the blade undermines any minor scratches or wear encountered in daily use.

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12 Knives Made From Old Junk

A knife, formerly a horse shoe, created by Miller Knives

A knife, formerly a horse shoe, created by Miller Knives

We’re drowning in trash and junk. Look in your neighbor’s garage or head down to the scrap yard and you’ll see so much refuse and detritus that it’s not even funny.

But what if you could take those pieces of scrap metal and make them into something practical and rewarding? Well, you can.

If you put enough work and skill into it, you could turn nearly any piece of scrap metal into a functional knife. Will all pieces of scrap metal make great knives? Heck no! But with the right piece of metal, you can create something useful and even beautiful.

Don’t believe me? Take a look at these knives made from old junk you can find in your garage or the scrap yard.

1. A knife made from a file

Many knifemakers start by constructing a knife from a file. It’s not exactly making a knife from scratch, but it gives you a place to start. Files are made from different steels, such as W-1 and W-1, but a Nicholson file is 1095 carbon steel. That’s a great steel to work with. Way back in 2011, I wrote about how to make a knife from a file.

Here’s a great tutorial of a file knife made with common tools.

2. A knife made from a shovel

There’s a classic video that shows how to make a knife from a shovel and some concrete, but I appreciate how this video from Rusty shows what you can make at home without many tools.

3. A knife made from a railroad spike

The railroad spike is another fairly common starting point for knives. You can often find these lying near old railroad tracks (though be aware that it may be considered stealing to take one), but you can also grab some at a local scrap yard. You can also get some railroad spikes from McMaster-Carr for pretty cheap too.

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Kershaw Blackout – Badass Knife of the Week


Just because a knife has been around for more than 15 years doesn’t mean it’s any less worthy of praise and elevation. In fact, our Badass Knife of the Week proves that a great knife will just keep getting more and more popular over time.

Originally released as one of the first knives to feature Ken Onion’s revolutionary SpeedSafe assisted opening mechanism, the Kershaw Blackout continues to garner fans and appreciation with every passing year.

Why? Just take a look at it.

The Blackout is the very definition of sleek, with a black 3.25-inch blade made from Sandvik 13C26 stainless steel. The alloy performs well under stress, holds an edge, and resists corrosion. Scratch-resistant Tungsten DLC coating will keep the blade a clean black, even through everyday use. A drop point blade profile, accompanied by a slight swedge, ups the knife’s overall versatility.

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NAACP Joins Knife Rights in Fight Against NYC Knife Laws


Thanks to a distorted reading of New York City knife laws, the NYPD has sent as many as 60,000 people to jail over the past decade. According to the Village Voice, simple possession of a pocket knife has even landed defendants in prison for up to seven years.

Knife Rights has been taking on the city for the past few years, arguing that the laws are unjust, capricious, and unconstitutional. In some cases, people have been arrested for carrying legal knives like the Buck 112 Ranger or Leatherman Surge—not exactly gravity knives.


Now the organization has garnered support from a group traditionally on the other side of the political spectrum: the NAACP.

These two groups make strange bedfellows, but they are fighting for the same thing: justice for unfairly targeted groups.

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Cold Steel Spartan – Badass Knife of the Week


A little more than 2,500 years ago, the Spartans boasted the most powerful and sophisticated military in the world. Along with rigorous training that went on for decades and a deep understanding of war tactics, the Spartans were feared for their weaponry, including the thick and heavy knife known as the kopis.

Cold Steel scaled down the Ancient Grecian weapon and added technological advances to better fit our more modern society. The result is the Badass Knife of the Week.

The Cold Steel Spartan adapts design elements of the past to catalyze a thoroughly badass knife that’s a combination of beauty, function, and versatility.

This Andrew Demko design features a 4.5-inch hollow ground blade made from American BD1 Alloy Steel, which is corrosion resistant and razor sharp. Its blade profile is reminiscent of a Kukri machete. It excels at hacking, piercing, and slicing, thanks to the placement of its point and curved cutting edge.

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Top 5 Best-Selling Benchmade Knives at Knife Depot


It’s hard to find a more respected brand over the years than Benchmade. From its customer service to its quality knives, Benchmade is frequently among our best-sellers here at Knife Depot.

Although our top sellers often change, I took a look at the data over the past few years to find out which Benchmade models are most popular among our customers.

While the data is liable to change and doesn’t take newer knives into account (since they haven’t had the time to build up numbers), this is a good indicator on what types of knives people like the most from Benchmade.

5. Benchmade 162 Bushcrafter


The fifth best-selling Benchmade here is probably surprising. The butterfly brand isn’t instantly known for its fixed blades, but the Benchmade 162 Bushcrafter is a force to be reckoned with. A quick look at reviews around the web and you’ll notice one common denominator: they’re all 5-star reviews.

The Bushcrafter is an outdoor knife that’s well-balanced, durable, and reliable. Its 4.43-inch blade is made from premium S30V stainless steel, which is highly resistant to corrosion, keeps an edge well, and holds up to a beating. Those are all qualities you want in a fixed blade outdoor knife.

Aside from that, it has contoured green G-10 handles with a red vulcanized spacer and comes with a leather sheath.


4. Benchmade 710


The fact that the 710 is so low on this list is probably another surprise (though it has been out for two decades). This McHenry and Williams design is frequently viewed as a flagship model for Benchmade, and it’s not hard to see why. Not only was it the first Benchmade to feature the AXIS lock but it’s also one of the best EDC knives around.

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Morakniv Garberg – Badass Knife of the Week


Mora knives are among the most respected and beloved fixed blades from around the world. These Swedish knives are reliable, relatively inexpensive, and perform better than most others. But there was something missing in the classic Morakniv knives: a full tang model.

Our Badass Knife of the Week is the long-awaited full tang fixed blade Mora knife: the Garberg.

The Morakniv Garberg is a powerful and relentless fixed blade that can take charge in any outdoor situation. This well-built knife is the first of the Mora knives to feature a full tang design. In fact, its extended tang provides extra strength and a surface for light hammering.

The 4.3-inch blade is optimized for performance and dependability. It starts with the Swedish Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel. This alloy is a high-grade knife steel that combines excellent edge performance with corrosion resistance. The scandi grind makes it easy to sharpen out in the field while the thick blade stands up to the toughest tasks. A semi-matte finish and a grinded spine round out the blade’s dedication to bushcrafting.

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