When we interviewed Dexter Ewing, Field Editor for BLADE Magazine and owner of Winston-Salem Knife Sharpening back in October, we learned that his business was built around the Work Sharp Ken Onion Edition Knife & Tool Sharpener. “It totally changed my sense of what ‘sharp’ is,” Ewing told us. With an endorsement like that we wanted to try it for ourselves.

Like any sharpening system, the Ken Onion Edition takes a bit of patience, practice, and know how. If you’re in the habit of ignoring or even tossing out instruction manuals, don’t do it this time. The sharpener comes with a set of indispensable visual instructions and an accompanying DVD that will guide you through the steps, get you to the results you want, and help you avoid mishaps.

The Ken Onion Edition features adjustable edge guides to set angles from 15 degrees to 30 degrees in precise one degree increments. There’s nothing uglier than an uneven edge and one of the major advantages of the Ken Onion Edition over stone based sharpening systems is the consistency.


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