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A Dull Knife Is A Dangerous Knife!
Stating that I am a fan of knives and blades is a bit of an understatement. From my early days as a boy scout, through my tour in the U.S. Marines, to present day… A good blade has always been at my side.
I recall a time in Portugal when I was 6 years old. We were at a fair in the local village and I saw a small pocket knife that, as my mom later stated, “made my eyes pop out of my head.”
My grandfather quickly bought that pocket knife, without my mother knowing, and handed it to me later that night. I think I was hooked on knives from that day on.
Over the years I have collected all sorts of knives and blades that offer diversified uses. Whether it’s a new knife for the kitchen or a survival blade to use out in the field, I seem to have a few of each and my collection continues to grow.
One thing that all of my knives have in common, whether they are a cheap utilitarian blade or a high end folder, is that they all need to be sharpened. I learned to sharpen my knives on a whetstone in the boy scouts.
I have purchased other sharpeners that have done the job.
But to be honest, I never became a proficient blade sharpener. Don’t get me wrong, I was good enough to get the edge I needed on my everyday knives. But when it came to my high-end blades, I certainly didn’t trust myself to do the job.
Wicked Edge is a company that I have seen advertising, high-end knife sharpeners, over the past decade. However, I had yet to get my hands on one of these highly touted sharpeners. Well, that is until last month.
I decided to contact Wicked Edge and ask them if they were interested in having me review one of their sharpeners. Luckily, they agreed and sent me their WE130 model.
As soon as I received the unit and began unboxing it, I could tell that the build quality was second to none. It was expected, but still great to see. Most of the system came assembled so I was ready to start sharpening in no time.
Now, the system does look a bit intimidating at first. But after spending a good amount of time watching YouTube tutorials and reading the manual, I got enough confidence to begin.
I opted to start with a kitchen knife that, if I ruined it, it wouldn’t make much difference to me. But after a few applications with the Wicked Edge sanding blocks, I realized that this process was going to be much easier than I had expected.
Sharpening My M9 Bayonet (Using The Wicked Edge 1/4″ Jaws)
I sharpened 4 kitchen knives before moving on to my field knives. My results were better than expected but I also felt like I got a great workout in. Using this tool will certainly get your heart rate up!
SPECS ON THE WICKED EDGE SHARPENER:
- MADE IN THE USA. Wicked Edge has produced highest quality precision knife sharpening systems since 2007.
- LIMITED LIFETIME WARRANTY. We are proud of our sharpening systems and we stand behind our products.
- SHARPENS kitchen knives, hunting knives, pocket knives, folding knives and many more.
- ANGLE RANGE: 15-30 degrees per side (30-60 degrees inclusive). Angle adjustment in 1 degree increments.
The Wicked Edge Sharpeners are not inexpensive. But… This is certainly one of the cases where you get what you pay for. However, Wicked Edge does offer various models. There is a model for every budget. The great thing about that is that they all operate with the same precision. You’ll obviously get more bells and whistles with the higher priced models, but you can add on many of those features as you go.
If you are in the market for a high end blade sharpener, that actually performs like a high end sharpener, take a look at Wicked Edge sharpeners. No experience is necessary to use these sharpeners; I’m living proof!
I really wish I had a Wicked Edge sharpener in my arsenal years ago, but I’m certainly happy that I have one now. I’m looking forward to putting many more Wicked Edges on my blades for many years to come.
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