The primary benefit of the Work Sharp Pocket Knife Sharpener (WSGPS-W) and the Guided Field Sharpener (WSGF221) is these hand-held units require no electric- ity, which can be scarce when out in the field, woods or on the water. Other advantages include learn- ing a skill that can be honed over time and brings a deep sense of satisfaction. The hand-held sharp- eners are portable, and provide a lower cost entry point for basic blade maintenance. Some disadvantages relative to a mechanical system is hand sharpening takes patience, espe- cially for beginners, as it takes time to build muscle memory to achieve highly repeatable motions for different angles. This is where the Guided Field Sharpener really shines because it incorporates 5 stages of sharpen- ing and honing, each with built-in angle guides for a consistent bevel across the entire blade. The sharpening guides are pur- pose-built specifically for hunting knives, pocket knives and filet knives, making easy work of sharp- ening flat, curved and serrated blades—as well as camp tools uch as axes, hatchets and machetes. Want a perfect edge every time? Have multiple knives? The Combo Knife Sharpener (WSCMB) creates a precise 25° angle for outdoor knives, pocket knives, kitchen knives and serrations by utilizing power driven premium-grade abra- sive belts and tapered ceramic rods. Need to tackle multiple proj- ects? The Original Knife & Tool Sharpener (WSKTS) is a jack-of-all- trades that can sharpen common tools including scissors, axes, hatchets, mower blades, garden shears, shovels, and most any tool
with a cutting edge. This system is able to sharpen not just straight bladed knives, but also curved knives, tanto blades, fillet knives, serrated knives, gut hooks and virtually any other shape of knife blade.
SHARP EDGE There is some confusion between honing and sharpening. Honing is the process of straightening out any minor waves or bends in the blade while only taking off minimal
material. Sharpening actually grinds the edge to make it sharper. Honing and maintaining the knife will increase user safety and increase the usable life of the blade. Ceramic rods are a fast and effective solution, many of which are designed into Work Sharp Sharpeners. Another great option is the fine abrasive belt that is included with the powered sharp- ening solutions by Work Sharp. Sharp knives and tools may not rise to the top of the list for your next run to the hardware store but starting each job with sharp tools will help you be safe and successful. #SharpMatters EHT