Ken Onion | Work Sharp

For his monthly Keen Edge column for the May 2014 issue of TACTICAL KNIVES, Steven Dick profiled a new knife sharpener from Work Sharp Knife & Tool that enables the average knife enthusiast to enhance their grinding and sharpening abilities. After a series of tests, Dick came away impressed with the Ken Onion Edition of the Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpener.

“The most obvious new feature on the Ken Onion version is an adjustable grinding angle guide that can be set anywhere from 15 to 30 degrees. This will cover just about any cutting tool from a sushi knife to a timber falling axe. Abrasive belts come in five different grades, starting at extra coarse for rough grinding and running to extra fine for honing the inside bevel of gutting hooks,” notes Dick in his review.

“I tried the Ken Onion on a variety of outdoor and kitchen blades with good results on all of them,” says Dick. “Belt speed is also adjustable by means of a dial on the underside of the handle grip to roughly 15 different settings. A locking button on the side of the grip also allows the belt to be set to continuous running when that is desirable. The machine’s fold-down blade rests help stabilize longer blades as they are pulled across the belt. A built-in platform below the main sharpening guides also allows scissors to be sharpened.”

To read the full article, check out the May 2014 issue of TACTICAL KNIVES, available on newsstands January 28, 2014. To subscribe, go to

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