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Work Sharp Knife and Tool Sharpener Mk.2

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Jonathan Tayag
Work Sharp Knife and Tool Sharpener Mk.2

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All knives need to be maintained and sharpened—after all, a sharp knife is a safe knife. Even the most expensive knives with the best blade steels with excellent edge retention will go dull eventually, especially with regular use. But if you need something more robust than traditional whetstones and guided sharpeners, the Work Sharp Knife and Tool Sharpener is a one-stop shop for all your sharpening needs. Now in its second iteration, Work Sharp has put together an impressive mechanical solution for sharpening any blade you might have, from EDC folding knives, fixed camp blades and axes, and even your kitchen knives too.

The secret to the Mk.2 is its inclusion of adjustable angle guides that allow you to maintain the precise bevel of your EDC knives, removing the fuss of figuring out by muscle memory how to get the right angle on a traditional whetstone. The precision afforded by the Work Sharp solution makes it a far better choice than a cheap pull-through sharpener too, as those can sometimes cause you to inadvertently reprofile a knife, or worse, damage it outright. In addition to to a new Edge Guide for ease of use, precision, and repetition, it even comes with guides for uncommon tools that need sharpening, including serrated knives and scissors.

With the Mk.2, all you have to do is select your angle, turn it on, and run your blade against the various grits of flexible abrasives (P80, P220, and 6000) until you have a perfect edge every time. You can even vary the speed of the mechanism to avoid rubbing too hard against the material if the knife you’re sharpening is more delicate. Conversely, you can speed it up to get to the point when you’re trying to fix a beat up survival knife. The versatility of the system means you can pretty much sharpen every sharp edge in your collection with it and in short order too.

Everyone knows the best knife is the one you have, but if it’s not sharp it can be worse than not having one at all. The new Work Sharp Knife and Tool Sharpener Mk.2 offers a comprehensive solution to the problem of maintaining your everyday carry knives without all the fuss. It’s as close as you can get to professional factory sharpening, all in a compact and easy-to-use package. Preorder your own at the link below.

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Jonathan Tayag

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About the Author
Jonathan Tayag is secretly an information technology and corporate security expert who prefers to moonlight as a creative event and commercial photographer whenever possible. His varied experience and substantial travels have led him to seek, without even thinking about it at first, the best gear for the best use at the best price available. Before the concept of EDC (everyday carry) firmly took hold, Jonathan already spent untold amounts of time optimizing for the best-in-slot pieces of gear, from cameras and lenses to pocket knives, pens, and bags and packs. In November 2015, Jonathan joined EverydayCarry.com and has since written numerous articles and guides to help impart his knowledge to the community as a whole.

Jonathan's photographic works have appeared on numerous online websites, print, video, and television outlets for over a decade. Jonathan's previous clients include Blizzard Entertainment, Red Bull, ESL, Razer, and several other endemic and non-endemic esports sponsors and brands. His work also features heavily in online competitive gaming communities, especially those of the StarCraft and Fighting Game genres. You've likely seen his work if you've spent time in a stream or in-game chat over the years.

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