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.
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.