Whether you're brand new at sharpening kitchen knives or have been sharpening your own for years, you'll love how quickly and easily you can sharpen your kitchen knives with this Work Sharp Knife Sharpener.
Why You Should Trust My Tutorial On How To Sharpen Knives With A Work Sharp Knife Sharpener
- Cookbook Author: I've written 5 Instant Pot Cookbooks and 2 Air Fryer Cookbooks so I've spent more than my fair share of time in the kitchen.
- Efficient: That's the only way I know how to do things in the kitchen. Who has time to waste when you're trying to get food on the table? I'm known for my ruthless efficiency and use the pot in pot cooking method every chance I get.
- Gadget geek!: I'm a self-proclaimed food tech enthusiast and have been known to purchase (and review) just about any kitchen appliance I can get my hands on.
Who Is This Knife Sharpener Made For?
The Work Sharp Knife Sharpener is great for the following people:
- Someone that wants to take the guesswork out of sharpening their knife at the correct angle.
- Someone that has a lot of knives to sharpen and not a lot of time to do it
- People that are just starting out sharpening their own knives.
Parts Of A Work Sharp Knife Sharpener
The Work Sharp knife sharpener isn't a complex machine but there are a few different parts you'll want to familiarize yourself with. They are:
- Motor - This powers the knife sharpener.
- Guides - Assists you in sharpening your knife at the correct angle
- Removable sanding belts - These can be replaced when they are worn out or when you need to choose a different grit for sharpening.
- Trigger Switch - The switch that makes the sharpening belt spin.
What Does It Come With?
The Work Sharp knife sharpener comes with replacement sanding belts in three different grits. They are:
- Green- Coarse (P80)
- Red- Medium (P220)
- Gray- Fine (6000)
It also comes with a snap-on guide has built-in angles to sharpen things at the following angles:
- 20 degrees
- 25 degrees
- 40 degrees
- 50 degrees
- 65 degrees
What Kind Of Kitchen Knives Can You Sharpen With It?
The great thing about the Work Sharp Knife and Tool Sharpener is that even though it's great for sharpening kitchen knives, it's also great for sharpening other things you would use around your house. Here are just some of the things you can sharpen with it:
- Kitchen Knives
- Hedge Clippers
- Lawn Mower Blades
Is Work Sharp Bad For Knives?
Just like with any other knife sharpening method, if you know how to properly use the Work Sharp, it is not bad for knives.
If you sharpen your knife at the wrong angle, use the wrong roughness of belt, or neglect to keep the guides clean, your knife could be damaged. Do your research and clean the guides thoroughly before using this kitchen knife sharpener and you'll get a perfectly sharpened kitchen knife every time.
How To Sharpen Kitchen Knives with A Work Sharp
There are three things you need to remember when sharpening kitchen knives. Those things are:
Using these three techniques correctly and collectively will get your knives cutting like they're brand new.
DO NOT PRESS HARD. If you press too hard, you will take more steel off of your knife than you intended to. It is also a good way to ruin the sanding belt on your Work Sharp Knife Sharpener.
All you need to do is press hard enough to make contact with the sanding belt of the machine with the cutting edge of your knife and gently glide it over the top.
The slower, the better. Trying to rush this process will produce subpar results. Running the knife blade over the sanding belt slowly will allow you to make contact with all parts of the blade, producing an even and sharp cutting edge.
It is important that you sharpen knives according to which type of knife it is. There are two major types of knives. They are Western edge and Asian/Japanese edge knives. Different style knives are sharpened at different angles. If you attempt to sharpen your knife at the wrong angle, you will do more harm than good.
The Work Sharp knife sharpener has a guide that tells you exactly what angle you're sharpening it at. This takes the guess work out of it and gets a more precisely sharpened knife.
What Angle To Sharpen Kitchen Knives
For Western knives you will sharpen at a 19 degree angle and for Asian/Japanese knives, you will sharpen at a 16 degree angle.
How Often Should You Sharpen Your Kitchen Knives?
It all depends on how often you use them. For a normal cook? Probably once a month. If you're always in the kitchen, do a lot of meal prep, or test recipes for cookbooks like me, I would recommend once a week.
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Originally Published September 5, 2020